Julie Benko has already gotten lots of free press, and she'd get more if she was given the role in a highly public manner. She's gotten excellent word of mouth from doing quite a number of performances already, and critics could be invited to review the show again. How about Fran Drescher for Mrs. Brice? She starred in "The Nanny" and would be perfect for playing Fanny's mother. She had already accepted a replacement role in the "Cinderella" musical some years ago.