The actors in “Funny Girl” are almost done with their run at the theater. The Broadway revival’s run has been extended, but it will end on September 3, 2023.
Even though the reboot of “Funny Girl” with Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice opened in April 2022, it didn’t end until almost exactly one year after Michele joined the group. But she and Jane Lynch, who played Fanny’s mother and was replaced by Tovah Feldshuh, left the show in August because of bad reviews and a lackluster response from the crowd.
“Funny Girl” might have finished sooner if the changes in hiring hadn’t happened. But since September of last year, things have been better at the box office, and the August Wilson Theater has continued to be packed, breaking many records along the way. By the time Jared Grimes, who plays Eddie Ryan, and Ramin Karimloo, who plays Nicky Arnstein, do their final bows, the Broadway show will have had 599 performances and 30 previews.
As planned, “Funny Girl” will start its tour in September in Providence, Rhode Island, and go on to more than 30 other places in North America.
In “Funny Girl,” the story follows Brice’s odd rise to fame and her rocky relationship with investor Nicky Arnstein. The show has well-known theater songs like “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “People.” Julie Benko, who has become a crowd favorite at the August Wilson Theater, comes in for Fanny Brice every Thursday when Michele isn’t there.
The musical’s first Broadway performance was in 1964, with Barbra Streisand in the lead role. It won a number of Tony Awards. Thanks to the update, “Funny Girl” will be on the Great White Way for the first time in 58 years.
Reviewers have praised Michele’s performance and compared it favorably to Streisand’s breakthrough part. “Michele is able to get far enough away from Streisand’s words to take ownership of the material, or at least become a smart caretaker of it,” Frank Rizzo wrote in a review for Variety.