Jane Lynch, Ramin Karimloo and Jared Grimes will join the previously announced Beanie Feldstein in the upcoming Broadway revival of Funny Girl, the Michael Mayer-directed production set to begin previews at the August Wilson Theatre this spring.
“I grew up to the Broadway cast album of Funny Girl,” said the five-time Emmy-winning Lynch, who will play the role of Mrs. Rosie Brice, mother to Feldstein’s Fannie Brice. “My mother and I knew every breath of that record and would sing it together at the top of our lungs. I am thrilled beyond words to be playing Fanny’s mother on Broadway. And somewhere in Heaven my Mom is asking, ‘Who taught her everything she knows?’”
“I’m very excited to be joining Funny Girl’s return to Broadway. I’ve been waiting 2 years to sink my teeth into Nicky Arnstein and get into the room with Michael Mayer, the creative team and cast, led by the exceptional Beanie Feldstein,” Karimloo said in a statement. Said Grimes, “It will be a dream to share the stage every night with this cast and creative team whom I’ve loved from afar for such a long time…”
The castings were announced today by producers Sonia Friedman, Scott Landis and David Babani.
The production will mark the first Broadway revival of of the 1964 Jule Styne-Bob Merrill musical. Harvey Fierstein is revising the original book by Isobel Lennart, with choreography by Ellenore Scott, tap choreography by Ayodele Casel, and scenic design by David Zinn.
Funny Girl begins performances Saturday, March 26, 2022, at the August Wilson, with an official opening on Sunday, April 24, 2022.
Additional casting and the complete creative team will be announced shortly.
Based on the life of vaudeville star Fanny Brice, the musical comedy features such now-standard songs as “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “People.” The original production starred Barbra Streisand in the title role.
Jane Lynch Joins Broadway Revival of ‘Funny Girl’
Also joining the cast are Tony Award nominee and Les Misérables star Ramin Karimloo, who will star opposite Feldstein as professional gambler Nick Arnstein, and Jeff Award winner and A Soldier’s Play actor Jared Grimes who will play Eddie Ryan, a dancer and friend to Fanny.
Directed by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot), the new production, and first Broadway revival in 58 years of the musical that helped make Barbra Streisand a household name, will run at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre. Performances begin Saturday, March 26, 2022, before the show officially opens on Sunday, April 24, 2022.
The show comes nearly a decade after the Glee and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel actor made her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in the 2013 Broadway revival of Annie.
“When I was doing Annie on Broadway, it just blew my heart and my mind open. I just loved it,” Lynch said. “I love being back on stage and I love being a part of that community. It’s such a vibrant, wonderful, long-standing institution.”
She will also step into the shoes of Mrs. Brice amid Broadway’s re-opening season, an endeavor that was, while not decades, a pretty lengthy 18 months in the making.
“I live in L.A. but I’ve been in New York several times since COVID hit and I missed it. I missed going to a play,” Lynch said. “It’s really wonderful to see people with their masks on and they’re vaccinated coming back into the theaters.”
Lynch told THR that she got the role thanks to her agent, who was working on it behind the scenes and didn’t tell her until “it was time to talk about doing it,” something she calls “brilliant.” Once she got the role, she met with Mayer and producers, where she says they sang and was made to feel welcome.
Ramin Karimloo, Jane Lynch and Jared Grimes to Join Beanie Feldstein in Funny Girl on Broadway
Hey, Mr. Arnstein! Tony and Olivier Award nominee Ramin Karimloo, five-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch and quadruple threat Jared Grimes are set to star in the first-ever Broadway revival of Funny Girl alongside the previously announced Beanie Feldstein, who will lead the musical as Fanny Brice. The production, directed by Michael Mayer, will begin performances on March 26, 2022 and officially open on April 24, 2022 at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre.
Karimloo, who will play Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl, is a Tony nominee for his leading turn as Jean Valjean in the 2014 production of Les Misérables. He originated the role of Gleb in Broadway’s Anastasia and The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies. In the West End he has appeared in The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and Murder Ballad. He is set to star in a one-night-only London concert of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s Camelot and the world premiere of Rumi: The Musical. As previously announced, Karimloo will star in Tomorrow Morning, a new movie musical adapted from Laurence Mark Wythe’s 2006 stage work and directed by Nick Winston. His most recent screen credit is starring for the past two seasons as Kian Madani in the BBC One medical drama, Holby City.
Lynch will portray Mrs. Rosie Brice, Fanny’s mother, in Funny Girl. “I am thrilled beyond words to be playing Fanny’s mother on Broadway. And somewhere in Heaven my Mom is asking, ‘Who taught her everything she knows?’”
Lynch currently appears on the series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as well as hosting the NBC game show The Weakest Link. She is well known for her Emmy-winning role as host of Hollywood Game Night and her Emmy and Golden Globe-winning portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee. Lynch made her her Broadway debut in the 2013 production of Annie. Her additional stage work includes Oh Sister, My Sister at the Tamarind Theatre and Love, Loss and What I Wore at off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre. Her numerous screen credits include the films Wreck It Ralph I and II, The Three Stooges, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, Role Models, Julie & Julia, A Mighty Wind, Best In Show and For Your Consideration, and television roles on Manifesto, Space Force, Only Murders in the Building, Criminal Minds, The Good Fight and more.
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Born on September 19, 1978 in Tehran, Iran, Ramin Karimloo is an Iranian-Canadian singer and actor, best known for his work in musicals. When he was 2 months old, his parents were forced to flee Iran because of the Islamic Revolution. After spending two years in Italy, the family moved to Peterborough, Canada, where Karimloo grew up. At 12, he went on a school trip to see a touring production of “The Phantom of the Opera” and was so moved by Colm Wilkinson’s performance as the Phantom that he decided to become an actor. He moved to Richmond Hill to attend Alexander Mackenzie High School, but dropped out at 18. He landed a job as a performer on a cruise ship, despite not having any experience in dancing, and two weeks later, after the lead singer dropped out, Karimloo took his place. On one such cruise he met Amanda Ramsden (known as Mandy), who later became his wife. In 2001, he and Mandy moved to London, where he got a job at a factory, but also found a voice teacher and an agent, landing a number of small roles in touring musicals such as “Sunset Boulevard” and “The Pirates of Penzance”. In 2002 he debuted on West End as Feuilly in “Les Misérables”, understudying Marius and Enjolras. In 2003 he got the role of Raoul in “The Phantom of the Opera” and went on to perform in “Les Misérables”, this time as Enjolras, and in a touring production of “Miss Saigon” as Chris. In 2004, he appeared in a small role of Christine’s father in the movie adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera (2004). In 2007, he became the youngest actor to ever play the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” and two years later he was chosen by Andrew Lloyd Webber to be the Phantom in “Love Never Dies”, a new musical continuing the character’s story. In 2010, he played Enjolras in Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary (2010), appearing on stage alongside his childhood hero Colm Wilkinson. A year later, they met again when Karimloo played the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (2011), in which Wilkinson appeared as a special guest. In 2012 he released his first album, entitled simply “Ramin” (renamed “Human Heart” in the US). 2013 marked his Broadway debut, again in “Les Misérables”, but this time in the leading role of Jean Valjean. This performance got him a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. He went on to appear in musicals such as “The Secret Garden” (as Archibald Craven), “Murder Ballad” (as Tom), “Anastasia” (as Gleb Vaganov) and “Evita” (as Che). Him and Mandy have two sons, Jaiden and Hadley.