Funny Girl Casting
Funny Girl Casting

Paolo Montalban and Anne L. Nathan to Join Broadway Cast of Funny Girl

New cast members will be welcomed to “Henry Street” later this month. Paolo Montalban (Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, opposite Brandy) and Anne L. Nathan (Once, Sunday in the Park with George) join the cast of Funny Girl as Florenz Ziegfeld and Mrs. Strakosh, respectively, beginning Tuesday, March 28, 2023. Current cast members Peter Francis James and Toni DiBuono will take their final bow on Sunday, March 26, at the August Wilson Theatre.

Montalban and Nathan join the Funny Girl company currently led by Lea Michele as Fanny Brice, Ramin Karimloo as Nick Arnstein, Jared Grimes as Eddie Ryan and Tovah Feldshuh as Mrs. Rosie Brice, with Ephie Aardema as Emma/Mrs. Nadler, Debra Cardona as Mrs. Meeker, Martin Moran as Tom Keeney, and an acting company that includes Miriam Ali, Amber Ardolino, Daniel Beeman, Colin Bradbury, Kurt Csolak, John Michael Fiumara, Leslie Donna Flesner, Candice Hatakeyama, Curtis Holland, 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 “Fanny Brice” alternate Julie Benko, who performs the role every Thursday.

As announced earlier this monthFunny Girl will play its final performance on Broadway this September. The revival will launch a national tour that same month, beginning in Providence, RI.

Tony Award winner Michael Mayer directs this brand-new Funny Girl, featuring the classic score by Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award winner Jule Styne and lyrics by Tony Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Bob Merrill, (comprising additional songs from Styne & Merrill). The original book by Isobel Lennart, from an original story by Miss Lennart, is revised by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.

This bittersweet comedy is the story of the indomitable Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreamed of a life on the stage. Everyone told her she’d never be a star, but then something funny happened—she became one of the most beloved performers in history, shining brighter than the brightest lights of Broadway. Featuring some of the most iconic songs in theatre history including “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “People,” Michael Mayer’s bold new production marks the first time Funny Girl has returned to Broadway since its debut 58 years ago.

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