THEATER TALK: Jesus And Fanny Are Broadway-Bound (Again)
This week, it was announced that two revivals of musicals will transfer to Broadway this coming spring.
On the other hand, it will be the fourth religious musical to open in a year, following "Sister Act," "The Book of Mormon," and "Godspell." The composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, has previously tried to book the Simon with his most recent show, "Love Never Dies," but that show has yet to make it to America. (But Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" is the longest-running musical on Broadway, having dethroned his adaptation of the T.S. Eliot-inspired "Cats" in 2006.) McAnuff brought "The Who's Tommy" to Broadway, along with "Jersey Boys" and the 1995 revival of "How to Succeed…" It should be interesting to see how audiences take to yet another religious musical. No casting has been announced yet.
But far more surprising is the news that came Wednesday, when producers of the upcoming Ahmanson production of "Funny Girl" announced that Fanny Brice and company will be making their way to Broadway in April. The show will occupy the Imperial Theatre (which the long-running "Billy Elliot" will vacate in January). The show has not even had its first rehearsal yet, but it seems the producers are so confident in Lauren Ambrose as Fanny Brice, the buzz about the production, and the show itself to already announce that it will be on Broadway this spring. Los Angeles audiences will get to see the show here before it goes to Broadway, so keep a look out for that opportunity.
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