Ramin Karimloo Tests Positive for COVID, Will Miss 10 Days of Funny Girl | Playbill

Ramin Karimloo Tests Positive for COVID, Will Miss 10 Days of Funny Girl

The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables alum stars as Nick Arnstein in the current Broadway revival.

Ramin Karimloo Heather Gershonowitz

Ramin Karimloo, currently starring in Funny Girl on Broadway as Nick Arnstein, will sit out 10 performances of the revival after testing positive for COVID.

The Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera star shared the news via Instagram.

The actor shared in an Instagram story (which disappear 24 hours after they're posted) that understudy Jeremiah James will play Arnstein during his absence.

Karimloo stars in Funny Girl opposite Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice, along with Emmy winner Jane Lynch as Mrs. Brice and Jared Grimes as Eddie Ryan. The musical, with a score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill and a newly revised book by Harvey Fierstein, opened April 24. Read reviews for the production here.

The work, which premiered on Broadway in 1964, is a biomusical centered on Broadway and vaudeville star Fanny Brice. The original production propelled a young Barbra Streisand to international fame; she would reprise her stage performance in the 1968 film adaptation, winning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in the process. The score, with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, introduced such standards as "I'm the Greatest Star," "People," "Don't Rain On My Parade," and "The Music That Makes Me Dance."

Director Michael Mayer leads a creative team that includes choreography by Ellenore Scott, tap choreography by Ayodele Casel, music supervision and direction by Michael Rafter, scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kevin Adams, sound design by Brian Ronan, and hair design by Campbell Young Associates. Casting is by Jim Carnahan and Jason Thinger.

The production also includes orchestrations by Chris Walker; dance, vocal, and incidental music arrangements by Alan Williams; additional arrangements by Carmel Dean and David Dabbon; music coordination by Seymour Red Press and Kimberlee Wertz; and vocal supervision by Liz Caplan.

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