Stage Door Speed Round: FUNNY GIRL’s Ramin Karimloo

Stage Door Speed Round

Ramin Karimloo | Photo: Theatrely

Dan Meyer
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July 7, 2022 10:15 AM

Hey, Mr. Arnstein! We met up with Ramin Karimloo at the stage door of the August Wilson Theatre to chat . The star is currently playing Nick Arnstein, the second husband of Fanny Brice, in the first-ever Broadway revival of Funny Girl.

Karimloo made his Broadway debut in 2014 with his Tony-nominated performance as Jean Valjean in the revival of Les Misérables. He followed that up by playing Gleb in Anastasia and has become a household name thanks to his numerous West End/international stage credits (including The Phantom of the Opera), two personal albums, and, let’s be real: stunning physique.

Check out Ramin in Theatrely’s video series, Stage Door Speed Round, as he answers our questions below.

Funny Girl also stars Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice, Jane Lynch as Rosie Brice, and Tony nominee Jared Grimes as Eddie Ryan. Rounding out the cast are Peter Francis James, Ephie Aardema, Debra Cardona, Toni DiBuono, and Martin Moran. The ensemble features over 20 performers bringing the pizzazz of Zeigfield’s Follies to life on stage.

The production is directed by Michael Mayer with choreography by Ellenore Scott, tap choreography by Ayodele Casel, scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kevin Adams, and sound design by Brian Ronan.

The musical features a revised book by Harvey Feirstein, based on the book by Isobel Lennart, to complement the score by composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill. For the uninitiated, Funny Girl follows the life and career of Fanny Brice, a comedienne and performer who faced constant uphill battles as she became a bona fide star in the first half of the 20th century. 

(Video production by Brandon Schwartz)

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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.