Funny Girl (Broadway)
Ends Sep 2023 2h 35m
Funny Girl (Broadway)

Funny Girl (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(868 Reviews)
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Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Dated

About the Show

Lea Michele stars as Fanny Brice in the classic musical comedy.

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1085 Reviews | 265 Followers
Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal

See it if Beanie can't cut the lead role. Movie was much better.

Don't see it if If you enjoy the movie with Streisand you will think this is not on par.

891 Reviews | 259 Followers
Disappointing, Fluffy, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like revivals of good shows - here some familiar songs, good singing, great choreography, Jane Lynch, Jared Grimes and Ramin Karimloo.

Don't see it if you have high expectations - it feels a bit flat: the orchestra is okay and Beanie Feldstein can hold a long note, but her voice is not... Read more

716 Reviews | 157 Followers
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you've never seen a live production of this show, enjoy old fashioned musicals, you're a fan of any of the principals, curious about changes

Don't see it if you are expecting a Streisand version, don't like limited-style staging, want extraordinary singing by lead, an odd choice for Fanny

715 Reviews | 108 Followers
Delightful, Great choreography, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you love a great revival of a wonderful show. Great staging, singing, acting and dance numbers. Cast is fantastic.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or you just want to remember Barbra Streisand singing Fanny Brice as Barbra Streisand. Read more

650 Reviews | 284 Followers
Go 2 see if lea michele can elevate this weak show

See it if brings vaudeville to life; features Brice's charming, wise-cracking neighbors & J Styne's memorable tunes

Don't see it if meh old fashioned musical that does spectacle well, but not plot or message; weak 2nd act Read more

505 Reviews | 729 Followers
Funny, Epic, Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy classic Broadway musical comedies with a red curtain (albeit it’s actually a scrim) and overture. Beanie is wonderful as Fanny.

Don't see it if you’re closed minded and refuse to acknowledge that a role could be played by more than one person. You’ll never be satisfied.

555 Reviews | 139 Followers
Too many understudies, Slow, Overrated, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like lots of singing and dancing; some wonderful songs; Jarred Grimes is wonderful - wish he had a larger role.

Don't see it if Dated and sometimes silly; night I saw it there were 5 understudies - not happy about it; flat story, watch the movie instead; too long.

501 Reviews | 329 Followers
Great acting, Dated, Great singing

See it if See it for Lea Michelle and Tovah Feldshuh. Some great singing!

Don't see it if The second act was not as good as the first. Lots more energy and better storyline in the first act.

Critic Reviews (29)

The New York Times
April 24th, 2022

"Over the years, many revivals have been attempted and defeated because the thing a revival is trying to revive is not to be found in the property itself. It’s in the personality of the necessary star: someone not nice but inevitable, not diligent but explosive, not well-rounded but weird. They don’t grow them that way much, anymore, nor write new material for them."
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Time Out New York
April 24th, 2022

"There’s a reason 'Funny Girl' hasn’t been revived since its original run in the early 1960s: Despite several memorable songs (with first-rate tunes by Jule Styne and second-rate lyrics by Bob Merrill), there’s not much to the story ... Isobel Lennart’s book has been rewritten for this production by Harvey Fierstein, but it still feels episodic and superficial. "
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 24th, 2022

"Some of Feldstein’s assets do make the trip over from film: She’s winningly fresh; she gives great “bumble;” she has beautiful eyes the size of hubcaps, which roll and twinkle and flirt. ... But in song after song, Feldstein’s voice lets her down. Piercing and unpleasant when it gets any higher than her chest, fading and pitchy when it descends even a few steps, it’s simply not a sound you expect to hear on Broadway."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 24th, 2022

"Feldstein gives a spirited, highly enjoyable performance, and her freshness drew squeals of appreciation from what seemed like a large contingent of very vocal young female fans on a recent press night. But she never quite makes the material soar, and this is a rickety vehicle that needs a supernova to put gas in its tank."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 25th, 2022

"Fierstein's version of the story spends so little time building dramatic tension in its central relationship, or on the stakes of Fanny's brash feints and mistakes, that it often feels like a friction-free CliffNotes of the original; all the razzle-dazzle, none of the pesky realities. More than that, it's hard to escape the feeling that Feldstein, for all her fourth-wall winks and bright enthusiasm, is fundamentally miscast."
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Entertainment Weekly
October 3rd, 2022

"Those who come to the August Wilson expecting Michele to blow the roof off the place won't be disappointed... With her at the center, it feels impossible to rain on the parade."
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April 24th, 2022

"The problem with this uninspired revival of 'Funny Girl' — which opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Sunday, marking the show’s Broadway return after nearly 60 years — is not simply the singular ghost of she who shall not be named. (Alright: It’s Barbra Steisand.) Rather, the issue here is the production’s inability to live up to its star-making potential that would have made us once again forgive the simplistic, sentimental and sanitized original book credited to Isobel Lennart."
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October 10th, 2022

"Michele gives it what the revival previously lacked: charisma, astonishing vocals and assuredness — not to mention a killer fan base."
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