Theatergoers who were excited about seeing Lauren Ambrose and Bobby Cannavale star in a stage revival of Funny Girl won’t be cheered by this news. The show has been scrapped for this season. It had been scheduled to open in April 2012 after first playing the Center Theater Group/Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. They just couldn’t get the money together and will have to try again next season. I’m told the cast will stay in place. “We have made the extremely difficult decision today to postpone our production of Funny Girl,” Bob Boyett said. “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.”
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