Lea Michele Will Lead FUNNY GIRL New Broadway Cast Recording 


Lea Michele | Photo: Mary Ellen Matthews

Dan Meyer
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November 17, 2022 8:30 AM

Nobody’s gonna rain on Lea Michele’s parade! The star will lead the upcoming New Broadway Cast Recording of Funny Girl, in which she currently plays Fanny Bryce. The star teased the news at last night’s performance in the August Wilson Theatre—check it out below.

The album will be released November 18 (that’s tomorrow!) and be available to stream on all music platforms. A physical CD will be issued January 20, 2023. 

The current cast of Funny Girl includes Tovah Feldshuh as Mrs. Brice, Ramin Karimloo as Nick Arnstein, and Jared Grimes as Eddie Ryan. They are joined by Peter Francis James as Florenz Ziegfeld, Ephie Aardema as Emma/Mrs. Nadler, Debra Cardona as Mrs. Meeker, Toni DiBuono as Mrs. Strakosh, Martin Moran as Tom Keeney.

Rounding out the company are Miriam Ali, Amber Ardolino, Daniel Beeman, Colin Bradbury, Kurt Csolak, John Michael Fiumara, Leslie Donna Flesner, Afra Hines, Masumi Iwai, Aliah James, Jeremiah James, Danielle Kelsey, Stephen Mark Lukas, Alicia Lundgren, John Manzari, Liz McCartney, Connor McRory Katie Mitchell, Justin Prescott, Mariah Reives, Barbara Tirrell, Leslie Blake Walker, and Julie Benko, who performs the role of Fanny on Thursdays.

Funny Girl originally opened April 24, starring Beanie Feldstein as Fanny and Jane Lynch as Mrs. Bryce; both performers left the show over the summer.

Directed by Michael Mayer, the production features choreography by Ellenore Scott and tap choreography by Ayodele Casel. Scenic design is by David Zinn, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kevin Adams, and sound design by Brian Ronan.

The show features music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, (comprising additional songs from Styne and Merrill). The original book by Isobel Lennart, from an original story by Miss Lennart, is revised by Harvey Fierstein.

The Funny Girl New Broadway Cast Recording is produced by Sony Masterworks Broadway, in partnership with Accident Jacket Entertainment and Gemini Theatrical. 

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.