FUNNY GIRL, which was recently announced to return to Broadway in April 2012 following an engagement at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, has been postponed.
Speaking on behalf of the FUNNY GIRL producing team, Bob Boyett said "We have made the extremely difficult decision today to postpone our production of Funny Girl. Given the current economic climate, many Broadway producing investors have found it impossible to maintain their standard level of financial commitment. Our desire to produce Funny Girl on the scale it deserves required a capitalization of $12 million making it one of the most expensive revivals in Broadway history."
Boyett continued, "I am deeply saddened by this decision, but I, along with the finest group of co-producers I have ever had the pleasure to work with, Sonia Friedman, Jean Doumanian, Stacey Mindich and Tim Levy, determined that this was not the right time to bring Funny Girl to the stage."
FUNNY GIRL has music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, book by Isobel Lennart, and direction by Tony Award®-winner Sher, who has reassembled the acclaimed creative team behind his ravishing production of "South Pacific" (the winner of seven Tony Awards and presented at the Ahmanson last summer).
Two-time Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Bobby Cannavale was to star as Nick Arnstein opposite Lauren Ambrose, who was announced as Fanny Brice. From the streets of New York's Lower East Side to the bright lights of Broadway, "Funny Girl" is the rags-to-riches, road-to-stardom story of legendary entertainer Fanny Brice - a pioneering female entertainer as well known for her oversized personality as she was for her unmatched talent.