And now for something completely unrelated to Chicago theatre.
After much speculation, gossip and conjecture, they’ve announced the star of the new Bartlett Sher-helmed production of Funny Girl, set to open on Broadway in spring 2012. And it’s some TV actress I don’t know.
Oh, well. (Hey, anyone but Lea Michele, right?)
Obviously they didn’t get Patti LuPone’s audition tape:
(Things to note: LuPone’s still singing the wrong lyric and love how it seems like she’s pulling back the reins on a horse before hitting her final note at 2:22. Fabulous, no?)
To make this Chicago theatre related, Jessie Mueller would have been a fabulous Fanny Brice. But, guess what? As announced by The New York Times this morning, Mueller’s set to star in another Broadway-bound revival of a show connected to la Streisand — On A Clear Day You Can See Forever.