‘the best female performance to be seen in the West End’
‘such full-hearted charm that you can only surrender to it’
‘a prodigious talent for comedy’
Sheridan Smith plays Fanny Brice Tuesday-Saturday from July 18th, with Natasha J Barnes alternating at other performances.
Sheridan Smith stars as the enigmatic Fanny Brice in the highly-anticipated transfer of the beloved musical Funny Girl. After a smash-hit run at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2015, which sold out within minutes, Funny Girl transfers to the Savoy Theatre London for a strictly limited run beginning April 20th.
Funny Girl originally premiered on Broadway in 1964 and was first seen in London in 1966 at the Prince of Wales Theatre, with the revival marking the musical’s 50th anniversary. Fanny Brice is the iconic role originated by superstar songstress Barbra Streisand, who also played Brice in the much-loved 1968 film. In its opening year, Funny Girl received 8 Tony Award nominations, but was pipped to the post by new musical Hello Dolly. Despite failing to scoop any awards, the original cast recording of the musical was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Set around the outbreak of World War One, and during the aftermath, Funny Girl is based on the life of real actress and comedienne Fanny Brice. Following Brice’s rise to fame, the musical documents the tumultuous relationship she shared with Nick Arnstein, the well-known entrepreneur and gambler. Funny Girl features one of the most famous Broadway scores, with music by the prolific Jule Styne. Memorable songs include “People”, “You Are Woman” and the show-stopping “Don’t Rain on My Parade”.
Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this dazzling musical at London’s Savoy Theatre, opening April 9th until October 8th 2016, with an official opening on Wednesday April 20th.
Cast and Creative
Funny Girl features music and lyrics by Jule Styne (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Gypsy) and Bob Merrill, with a book by Isobel Lennart and a revised book by Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots) for this revival. Tony Award-nominee Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) directs Funny Girl, with choreography by Lynne Page (American Psycho), set design by Michael Pavelka, costume design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Olivier Award-winning Mark Henderson and sound design by Richard Brooker.
Olivier Award-winning actress Sheridan Smith stars as Fanny Brice, following in the footsteps of world-famous songstress Barbra Streisand. Smith has extensive stage and screen credits, and is the recipient of an Olivier Award for her performances in Legally Blonde and Flare Path. Her appearances on stage include A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Noel Coward and Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic Theatre, as well as Little Shop of Horrors and Into the Woods. Film and television credits include Mrs Biggs, Cilla, The C Word, The 7:39, Jonathan Creek and Gavin and Stacey.
Sheridan Smith is joined by platinum-selling recording artist Darius Campbell as Nick Arnstein, Valda Aviks as Mrs Meeker, Natasha J Barnes as Emma/Mrs Nadler, Marilyn Cutts as Mrs Brice, Maurice Lane as Mr Keeney, Bruce Montague as Florenz Ziegfeld, Joel Montague as Eddie Ryan, Gay Soper as Mrs Strakosh, Philip Bertioli as Cornet Man, Emma Caffrey as Bubbles, Rebecca Fennelly as Polly, Luke Fetherston as John, Matthew Goodgame as Director/Renaldi/Paul, Kelly Homewood as Vera and Sammy Kelly as Mimsey. Additional cast members include Sanchia Amber Clarke, Lucinda Collins, Joelle Dyson, Leah Harris, Sam Murphy, Tom Murphy, Clare Rickard and Oliver Tester.
- “Overture” – Orchestra
- “If a Girl Isn’t Pretty” – Mrs Strakosh, Mrs Brice, Eddie Ryan and People
- “I’m the Greatest Star” – Fanny Brice
- “Cornet Man” – Fanny Brice, Snub Taylor and Keeney Chorus
- “Who Taught Her Everything?” – Mrs Brice and Eddie Ryan
- “His Love Makes Me Beautiful” – Ziegfeld Tenor, Ziegfeld Girls and Fanny Brice
- “I Want to Be Seen With You Tonight” – Nicky Arnstein and Fanny Brice
- “Henry Street” – Henry Street Neighbors
- “People” – Fanny Brice
- “You Are Woman” – Nicky Arnstein and Fanny Brice
- “Don’t Rain on My Parade” – Fanny Brice
- “Sadie, Sadie” – Fanny Brice and Friends
- “Find Yourself a Man” – Mrs Strakosh, Mrs Brice and Eddie Ryan
- “Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat” – Ziegfeld Company and Fanny Brice
- “Who Are You Now?” – Fanny Brice
- “The Music That Makes Me Dance” – Fanny Brice
- “Don’t Rain on My Parade (reprise)” – Fanny Brice
Show Lengths and Times
Funny Girl opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory in November 2015, before transferring to the Savoy Theatre in April, where it opens April 20th for an extended run until October 8th 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm.
Show running time is approximately 2hrs and 40mins including an interval.
Suitable for Children?
Funny Girl may not be suitable for very young children. Please note that the Savoy Theatre will not admit children under the age of 3.
Tickets for Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre London are now on sale and you can book them above, by using the search form on the right of the page.
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