New Jersey’s Bobby Cannavale is a man whose rise to celebrity and fame is a story of success and perseverance that could inspire each of us. Now, in a career-advancing move, Cannavale will assume the role of Nick Arnstein in the upcoming revival of “Funny Girl,” the 1964 romantic musical that was ultimately developed into a film starring Barbara Streisand. Although the original musical was nominated for eight Tony Awards, it failed to win any prizes. Cannavale, however, is no stranger to fame. The self-taught actor won an Emmy Award for his performance in the hit T.V. series “Will and Grace.”
Lauren Ambrose, a prolific stage, screen and television actress will take on the role of Fannie Price, Nick Arnstein’s wife. Ambrose has previously been seen in episodes of “Law and Order, “Six Feet Under” and “Torchwood,” as well as in films such as “Can’t Hardly Wait” and “A Dog Year.”
“Funny Girl” details (retrospectively) the rise and fall of love and romance between Price and Arnstein. Moments of comedy and sass are poignantly juxtaposed with the loss and emotional pain that Price undergoes when Arnstein is finally incarcerated for embezzlement.
The new “Funny Girl” will complete its debut performance at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2012, with a move to Broadway scheduled for the Spring. The show will feature music by Jule Styne and song lyrics written by Bob Merrill. Isobel Lennart completed the book.
The fresh, dynamic pairing of Cannavale and Ambrose promises audiences copious tears, laughter and just about every other emotion we need to feel.