Over forty years since the original London production of Funny Girl comes the first ever revival of an iconic musical theatre classic, direct from a sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Funny Girl charts the rise of Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice, and focuses on her stormy relationship with Nick Arnstein.
Featuring an impressive score of musical standards by Jule Styne (Gypsy) such as “People”, “You Are Woman” and of course, “Don't Rain on My Parade”, this is a unique chance to see one of the most loved Broadway classics in a brand new West End production at the suitably impressive Savoy Theatre.
This glorious new production features an updated book by multi-award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Newsies) and direction by Broadway's Michael Mayer. The original run at the Menier Chocolate Factory sold out within hours of going on sale, so don't miss your chance to see the hottest musical revival of 2016 and make sure you buy your Funny Girl tickets today - this is one parade you can guarantee won't be rained off.
Funny Girl is told through a flashback, the musical is set in New York City before and after the First World War. As a Ziegfeld Follies star, Fanny Brice awaits her husband Nicky Arnstein's return from prison, and looks back at her life and what has made her a success along the way.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Brice is warned against show business from an early age by her mother who tells her that she is not a typical beauty destined for the stage. After she lands her first job in vaudeville she builds confidence and is encouraged by Eddie Ryan, a dancer who helps propel her stage career. She soon meets Nicky Arnstein and begins to fall in love, undeterred by his gambling past.
As the pair marry and Fanny becomes a major star, unwise investments lead to them losing all of their money and driving Nicky to get involved with a shady business deal. After years of prison, Fanny must decide whether she should stay with her man or face life on her own.
From the week commencing 18 July, Sheridan is scheduled to perform Tuesday through Saturday, with Natasha Barnes playing Fanny Brice on Monday evenings.
The producers of Funny Girl cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.
Fans of classic Broadway musicals should flock to see the first ever London revival of this classic show. Those who previously enjoyed 'Gypsy' at the Savoy Theatre will appreciate another impressive Jule Styne score, which features some of the most famous songs ever written for the stage. Those familiar with the film of the same name will also appreciate seeing a live version with an expanded and updated book, and of course the opportunity to see some of the finest musical comedy performers return to the West End is one that will delight fans of all ages.
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(5mins) Head out onto the main road Strand. Go right 200 metres and the theatre is on your right.