Bobby Cannavale
(© Tristan Fuge)
Bobby Cannavale
(© Tristan Fuge)
Two-time Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Bobby Cannavale will star as Nick Arnstein opposite the previously announced Lauren Ambrose as Fanny Brice in the upcoming revival of Funny Girl, which will play at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles from January 15 through February 26, 2012 prior to opening on Broadway in spring 2012. Bartlett Sher will direct.

Cannavale received Tony Award nominations for his performances in The Motherf**ker With a Hat and Mauritius. Among his other stage credits are Trust, Hurlyburly, F**king A, and A Flea in Her Ear, Off-Broadway. He received his Emmy for his work on Will & Grace.

With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, and a book by Isobel Lennart, the show charts the real life story of Fanny Brice, who, heralding from the streets of New York's Lower East Side, became a toast of the Ziegfeld Follies.

The production will reunite Sher with the design team of his acclaimed Tony Award-winning production of South Pacific: scenic design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Scott Lehrer. Music director is Kimberly Grigsby, and choreographer is Christopher Gattelli.

For tickets and more information on the Los Angeles run, click here.