Producer Ryan Murphy, who previously obtained the rights to the musical that helped catapult Barbra Streisand to stardom, spoke about a possible Funny Girl revival at the recent EW Fest.
"We had talked about it for sure," Entertainment Weekly reports Murphy said. "But then I feel like we [did] so many of those songs and so many of those scenes [on 'Glee'] that in a weird way, I feel like we did it in some way."
In a May 2014 broadcast of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live," Drama Desk-nominated Spring Awakening star Michele told host Andy Cohen, "Ryan [Murphy] has the rights [to the musical], and it's something that we'd both, I think, would really like to do. And, we've had some really exciting first meetings with a really fabulous director that we think would be really wonderful."
Although Murphy said a Broadway revival would not be happening in the near future, a previously reported London production is scheduled to begin previews next month at the Menier Chocolate Factory under the direction of Michael Mayer. Sheridan Smith will star as Fanny Brice.
The London production will be presented in association with Sonia Friedman Productions and Scott Landis. Isobel Lennart wrote the original script for the 1964 musical that has a score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill.
Funny Girl tells the story of the real-life Fanny Brice, who rose from the Lower East Side of New York to become one of Broadway's biggest stars under producer Florenz Ziegfeld. While she was cheered onstage as a great comedienne, offstage she faced a doomed relationship with the man she loved. The score includes such songs as "People," "I'm the Greatest Star" and "Don't Rain on My Parade."