Funny Girl (Broadway)
Open run 2h 35m
Funny Girl (Broadway)
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Funny Girl (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(518 Reviews)
Positive
80%
Mixed
17%
Negative
3%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Disappointing

About the Show

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

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Member Reviews (518)

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983 Reviews | 229 Followers
63
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.

811 Reviews | 221 Followers
78
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

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
79
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

618 Reviews | 274 Followers
73
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

658 Reviews | 101 Followers
94
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

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
84
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.

483 Reviews | 74 Followers
98
Must see, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you love the score and want to relive some memories.Lea Michele&Tovah Feldshuh are PERFECT in the roles.Finally the revival we needed.

Don't see it if you don't like old fashioned musicals.This is a classic & is well worth your time.

Nic
447 Reviews | 86 Followers
79
Just okay, Unnecessary, Long, Cliched, Dated

See it if you like this material, I guess. Jared Grimes is terrific but his part is too small. Beanie is appealing, but the book just isn’t good.

Don't see it if you think a musical needn’t be revived if the main reason people liked it was one person’s performance in an otherwise bland affair.

Critic Reviews (24)

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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Variety
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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The Wall Street Journal
April 29th, 2022

"Ms. Feldstein deserves applause and even our affection for setting forth on the task. If she doesn’t quite scale the heights that the role requires, that’s more a reflection of the perilous altitude of the peak than the potential of her talents."
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The Observer
April 24th, 2022

"She’s not the reincarnation of Barbra, and, wisely, no pale imitation, either (close but no cigar). She can’t sing like Streisand, although her voice is beautiful and clarion-clear, and musically, it hits the top of the second balcony without even trying. I think it’s safe to say she lacks both the same comic timing and the coldly calculated genius. But she does have one thing her legendary predecessor in the role did not have—a sweet, warm truthfulness that makes her more accessible. She’s familiar, comfortable in her skin, like an old friend."
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