Lea Michele Announces ‘funny Girl’ Broadway Cast Album: ‘i’m So Proud of It
Good news, “Funny Girl” fans.
Lea Michele, who plays Fanny Brice, announced Wednesday that the current Broadway production of the hit musical will receive a cast album 58 years after the original “Funny Girl” cast album starring Barbra Streisand was released.
According to a press release, the digital version of the album will be available on Friday at 9 p.m. Pacific, while physical CD copies will be available on Jan. 20. The album will almost certainly be available for streaming on major music platforms like Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music.
“We have a little bit of a secret that we wanted to let you all in on,” Michele said during a curtain call Wednesday night at New York City’s August Wilson Theatre. She also announced the news on Instagram.
“We will be releasing our original cast Broadway album for ‘Funny Girl.’… Every single night, everyone here works extremely hard. We’ve also worked extremely hard in the studio to create the most incredible album I’ve ever heard. And as a lifelong ‘Funny Girl’ fan, I’m very proud of it.”
Michele passionately belts the show-stopping number “Don’t Rain on My Parade” in the recording studio in a video preview of the album. The actor and singer famously performed that song as Rachel Berry on “Glee” years before receiving standing ovations for her Broadway performance as Fanny Brice. Rachel Berry also appeared on the TV show as Fanny in a fictional Broadway revival of “Funny Girl.”
Michele was cast in the role of Beanie Feldstein, the legendary Jewish vaudeville star, in the Broadway production of “Funny Girl” in July. Michele’s selection was both anticipated and controversial, as several former co-stars accused her of abusive behavior on set.
Michele recently responded to the bullying allegations by telling the New York Times, “I have an edge to me.” I work extremely hard. I leave no room for error… That level of perfectionism, or the pressure to be perfect, left me with many blind spots.”
Michele has received acclaim for her “tour de force” debut since launching her “Funny Girl” run in September.
“Michele’s performance in ‘Funny Girl is one of the top five musical theatre performances I’ve ever seen,” wrote New York Times theatre critic Charles McNulty.
“As you might expect, theatrical excellence is not as common as you might think. I was grateful to have witnessed one of those rare occasions on Broadway when everything falls into place — the right performer in the right role at the right time and in front of the right audience.”
Ramin Karimloo as Nick Arnstein, Jared Grimes as Eddie Ryan, Tovah Feldshuh as Rosie Brice, Peter Francis James as Florenz Ziegfeld, Ephie Aardema as Emma/Mrs. Nadler, Debra Cardona as Mrs. Meeker, Toni DiBuono as Mrs. Strakosh, and Martin Moran as Tom Keeney are among the other main cast members featured on the album.
The full tracklist is as follows:
2. “Who Are You Now?”
3. “If a Girl Isn’t Pretty”
4. “I’m the Greatest Star”
5. “Eddie’s Tap”
6. “Cornet Man”
7. “His Love Makes Me Beautiful
8. I Want to Be Seen with You”
9. “Henry Street”
11. “You Are Woman, I Am Man”
12. “Don’t Rain on My Parade”
13. “Sadie, Sadie”
14. “Who Taught Her Everything She Knows?”
15. “Temporary Arrangement”
17. “Who Are You Now? (Reprise)”
18. “You’re a Funny Girl / Beekman Call”
19. “What Do Happy People Do?”
20. “The Music That Makes Me Dance”
21. “Dream Ballet”
22. “Finale Act 2″
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Funny Girl Have a Cast Recording?
Good News, “Funny Girl” Fans. Fanny Brice Herself, Lea Michele, Announced on Wednesday That the Current Broadway Production of the Hit Musical Will Receive a Cast Album — 58 Years After Barbra Streisand’s Original “Funny Girl” Cast Album Was Released.
Who Originally Starred on Broadway in Funny Girl?
The Original Broadway Production of Funny Girl Debuted on March 26, 1964, at the Winter Garden Theatre. The Musical, Starring a Young Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, Played 17 Previews and 1,348 Previews Prior to Its Closing on July 1, 1967, and Was Nominated for Eight Tony Awards, Including Best Musical.
Where Was the Film Funny Girl Shot?
“People” and Other Outdoor Scenes in Fanny’s Neighbourhood Were Shot at Columbia Ranch and Its “Brownstone Street.” the Exteriors of the Arnstein Long Island Home in Funny Girl Were Inspired by a Stately Tudor Revival Style House in San Marino’s Oak Knoll Subdivision.