Everyone make the saddest faces they can. Great, now we're all on the same page.
The exciting news that the seminal Broadway classic Funny Girl was to be revived for Broadway next spring is no longer so exciting as it turns out, producers don't have the money to make it a reality.
Because of a severe shortfall in the budget, Funny Girl has been scrapped for the season and won't be opening in April 2012 as planned. The silver lining is that stars Lauren Ambrose and Bobby Cannavale will stay in place for when the money does come in and while the decision to postpone was a difficult one, the masterminds behind it are confident their ship will come in. Producer Bob Boyett released a statement, saying:
“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. 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.”
It WAS! We've been waiting so long to see this back on the stage! We came to terms with not having Lea Michele as Fanny Brice and everything! To see this get shelved now, when we were so close to the previews at the Ahmanson Theatre…
Devastating! Just devastating!
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