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From Six Feet Under to Funny Girl! Actress Lauren Ambrose has been cast in the Broadway revival of the play that launched legend Barbra Streisand to superstardom!

Lauren — a trained opera singer and frontwoman of her own band — will play the lead role of Fanny Brice in the revival of Funny Girl, singing classics like “People,” “Don’t Rain On My Parade” and “My Man.”

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“Let’s face it, there is obviously more than a lot to live up to playing Fanny Brice, but I am humbled and thrilled by the opportunity to be a part of this revival,” Lauren said in a statement, via E! News. “The character is complex, the music beautiful and challenging. I can’t wait to get into that rehearsal room with the team [that director Bartlett Sher] is assembling—wish we could start tomorrow.”

The director added: “It’s important that people not see this casting as trying to find the next Barbra Streisand. She is one of a kind. Instead, I really needed someone with whom I could explore the original musical and come to terms with Fanny Brice for a new era.”

The show will open for five weeks in L.A. at Ahmanson Theatre beginning Jan. 15 before hitting the Big Apple’s Broadway in the spring.

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Catch Lauren singing  “My Man” with her band, Lauren Ambrose and The Leisure Class,” in a clip on YouTube!

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