Bobby Cannavale to star opposite Lauren Ambrose in ‘Funny Girl’

Bobby Cannavale is set to star as Nick Arnstein in the upcoming Broadway revival of Funny Girl.

And with that, I’m 100% more excited to see this show.

I saw Cannavale in The Mother F***er with the Hat last April and he brought down the house as Jackie, a former drug dealer stuggling to stay sober. Obviously he rocked, he was nominated for a Tony as Best Actor in a Play.

It was previously announced that Lauren Ambrose would play Fanny Brice in the show that will first open at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles from January 15 through February 26, 2012.

In the show, he’ll play Arnstein, a “charming gambler” who falls in love with Brice on her road to stardom.

“It’s always been my dream to star in a Broadway musical,” said Cannavale.  “This is a terrific role for my musical theatre debut and an exciting challenge for me.  I look forward to working with the brilliant Bartlett Sher and the amazingly talented Lauren Ambrose.”   Funny Girl, which features music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart, will be directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher.

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