Beanie Feldstein, the star of stage and screen — and our hearts — is set to be in the long-awaited “Funny Girl” revival on Broadway, coming sometime in spring 2022. The last time “Funny Girl” was on Broadway was when Barbra Streisand originated the role in 1964. And yes, Beanie will be playing the titular role.
“The first time I played Fanny Brice was at my third birthday party, in a head-to-toe leopard print outfit my mom made for me,” Beanie said in a release. “So, it’s safe to say that stepping into this iconic role, on Broadway and not in my family’s backyard, is truly my lifelong dream come true.”
“Funny Girl” is the semi-biographical story of Fanny Brice, the legendary American comedian who was in a turbulent relationship with professional gambler Nicky Arnstein. Even if you don’t know the show, you definitely know the iconic number “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” You can watch Barbra Streisand perform the number in the film here:
If you’re wondering, yes, Beanie can sing. She made her Broadway debut in “Hello, Dolly!” in 2017. NBD, just making a Broadway debut alongside Bette Midler:
Beanie has been staying quite busy recently: She’s currently filming “Merrily We Roll Along,” a musical that is going to be filmed over the next 20 (yes, 20!!!) years alongside her BFF Ben Platt, and is also starring as Monica Lewinsky in the new season of “American Crime Story.”
“Funny Girl” will be directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, featuring choreography by Ellenore Scott, tap choreography by Ayodele Casel and scenic design by David Zinn. No other casting news has been announced yet.
Twitter was extremely excited about Beanie-as-Fanny news.
Beanie Feldstein in Funny Girl?????!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/2JhbT4drGF
— TodayTix (@TodayTix) August 11, 2021
Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice is some of the most perfect casting ever
— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) August 11, 2021
She is a bagel on a plate full of onion rolls and I am HERE for it. https://t.co/ZeD3qRv0OW
— Toby Herman (@tobyherman27) August 11, 2021
Lea Michele moments after finding out that Beanie Feldstein will star as Fanny Brice in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl pic.twitter.com/W8AwKcWL4Z
— Azula’s Therapist (@ohgodjohnwhy) August 11, 2021
Wow. Mazel tov to Beanie. You have ascended to a place among the greats. Basically Moses to Moses / Babs to Beanie. https://t.co/RZscqoUmyO
— Jason Diamond (@imjasondiamond) August 11, 2021
What's something that wasn't done exclusively for the @hey_alma audience but FEELS like it was done exclusively for the @hey_alma audience? https://t.co/lxgD5EbTOf
— Molly Tolsky (@mollytolsky) August 11, 2021
We cannot wait.