New rehearsal images for Funny Girl, starring Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice, have been released two weeks prior to the show opening at the Menier Chocolate Factory on 2nd December, with previews starting from 20th November.
Starring alongside Sheridan Smith are Valda Aviks (Mrs O’Malley), Natasha J Barnes (Emma/Mrs Meeker), Darius Campbell (Nick), Marilyn Cutts (Mrs Brice), Maurice Lane (Mr Keeney), Bruce Montague (Ziegfeld), Joel Montague (Eddie), Gay Soper (Mrs Strakosh); with Emma Caffrey, Matthew Croke, Joelle Dyson, Rebecca Fennelly, Luke Fetherston, Leah Harris, Kelly Homewood, Sammy Kelly and Stuart Ramsay completing the ensemble. The multi award-winning Michael Mayer directs the production, which opens on 2nd December 2015 and runs until 5th March 2016 at the Menier Chocolate Factory before transferring to the West End.
With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart, the Broadway smash, which skyrocketed Barbra Streisand to stardom, is revived with book revisions by Harvey Fierstein. Sheridan Smith plays Fanny Brice, who rose from the Lower East Side of New York to become one of Broadway’s biggest stars under producer Florenz Ziegfeld. While she was cheered onstage as a great comedienne, offstage she faced a doomed relationship with the man she loved. With a score featuring now classic songs such as People, You Are Woman, I Am Man and Don’t Rain on My Parade, this brand new production promises to be a major theatrical event.
Due to unprecedented demand the Menier Chocolate Factory Production of Funny Girl will transfer to the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End, following its sold out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Michael Mayer’s production, starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice, and with the cast from the Menier Chocolate Factory, will begin performances at the Savoy Theatre on 9th April 2016 for a strictly limited 12-week run until 2nd July 2016. Tickets are on sale now.
David Babani, Artistic Director of Menier Chocolate Factory, said: ‘We’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for Funny Girl – the show broke Menier box office records when it sold out its entire run in just 90 minutes. We felt it was very important to respond to demand so we’re delighted to be joining forces with Sonia Friedman and Scott Landis to give Funny Girl a future life. We want to share it with as wide an audience as possible and to make Michael Mayer’s production as accessible to all, we’re offering £15 day seats – available for every performance at the Savoy Theatre.’
Visit www.funnygirlthemusical.co.uk to buy tickets.
Images: Marc Brenner