Funny Girl Has Cast Its Fanny Brice

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And it's none of the people we fantasized about and/or agonized over.

According to E!, the Broadway revival of Funny Girl has found its new Streisand, and she's ...

Lauren Ambrose, from TV's Six Feet Under and a bevy of theater projects as well.

The above video, linked by New York magazine's blog, shows Ambrose doing "My Man" with her band.

Well, at least she's not Lea Michele.

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realityshowbuzz
realityshowbuzz

She looks young, which is good because Fanny Brice is very young at the beginning of the story, and it should not be any more. But I think first and foremost, you need someone who is a singer, because there are many strong songs, and what is the point if the song is just OK.

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Vodkastinger
Vodkastinger

well at least i don't have to pay to go see it.  this is the worst idea since McCain/Palin.

Susan H-D
Susan H-D

Next up, Christopher J. Hanke in The Sammy Davis, Jr. story!

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

I don't hear a great range there, or variety of tone or emotion.

There is MGM film of the actual Fanny Brice singing this song. She acts it, with a matter-of-fact masochism and understated elegance. She is actually asking the audience "What can I do?" while defending the sonofabitch. Sound familiar, girls? It's a universal song in any era. Alice Faye did a beautiful job of it playing a sort-of-Fanny in "Rose of Washington Square" (Brice  sued and won.) And Streisand was so galvanizing, the arrangement so spectacular, she did what few performers can do: take a song that BELONGS to another, stellar performer and made it her own.

If Lauren Ambrose is indeed cast and the revival has been retitled "Honky Tonk Fanny, the Vamp of Alabammy," she'd be swell.

MSpeer
MSpeer

She's dreadful. Terrible voice, lousy stage presence, and throws away the song.

Monsieurpatric
Monsieurpatric

Michael choux,  On listening to the video you provided, it occurs that Lauren Ambroce cannot sing better than Pierce Brosnan cannot sing.

Melinda9
Melinda9

Barbra was only 22 years old when she originated the role - that boggles my mind.

BostonSteve
BostonSteve

She'll be great - she can act - and will play Fanny Brice, not another Streisand knock-off like Lea Michele.

Movielover
Movielover

She seems a little blech in this clip.  Like maybe with some good patter she'd do a nice cabaret act.  I think they should have cast one of the great drag Babs imitators!  It would be Babs, in-person, youthful-again!  Fun!  This gal seems more like bright, sass, but not long on soul.

Melinda9
Melinda9

Since everyone will see it no matter what (especially the tourist contingent), why not cast a fabulous unknown who can sing Broadway style and make the songs their own.

Lost Weekend
Lost Weekend

She was such a downer in "Six Feet Under."  Has she ever cracked a smile?  Next you'll be telling me her understudy is Claire Danes.  (P.S. Judging from this rendition of "My Man," you'd think Fanny Brice was a stripper and not a Ziegfeld star.)

Marcyharrielle
Marcyharrielle

Yes, because this Youtube clip is her audition for the part.  You people need to seriously lighten up and do some research.  Look up her version of "Brother Can You Spare A Dime".

Musto
Musto

She gets a laugh after "He beats me too/What can I do?" which is definitely, um, different.

Melinda9
Melinda9

She looks young which is good because Fanny Brice is very young at the beginning of the story and it shouldn't be someone elderly. But I think first and foremost you need someone who's a singer because there are a lot of powerful songs, and what's the point if the singing is just okay.

tony adams
tony adams

I love her. Here's why people may object: she doesn't sing in a diva's key, but neither did Merman...She'll do swell. She'll be great.

Musto
Musto

I'm told that Lauren plays a pushy publicist type on Torchwood.

Natali
Natali

I think it should have been Lauren Frost. Any true Barbra fan knows who she is, and why.

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

Give her a break. At least she's not a Barbra type and won't be doing an impersonation.

Movielover
Movielover

You hate Barbra because she's beautiful.  (Babs: "Fuck you!  I am too beautiful!")

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