Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre – booking extended for further four weeks

Funny Girl - Sheridan Smith (Fanny Brice) - picture by Marc Brenner

Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl, now running at the Savoy Theatre until 8 October. Picture: Marc Brenner

Due to unprecedented demand, the critically acclaimed production of Funny Girl, which is fast selling out its run, has extended booking for a further four weeks at the Savoy Theatre until 8 October 2016. Tickets for the extension of Michael Mayer’s production starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress and Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice go on sale from 10am on 8 February.

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 being a Brooklyn music hall singer 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. The show’s score features now-classic songs such as ‘People’, ‘You Are Woman, I Am Man’ and ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’.
Sheridan Smith plays Fanny Brice. She previously appeared at the Menier Chocolate Factory (where Funny Girl continues to play until 5 March) in Little Shop of Horrors (also Duke of York’s Theatre). Her other theatre work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Old Vic), Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket – Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Actress), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre – Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Tinderbox (Bush Theatre), The People Are Friendly (Royal Court) and Into the Woods (Donmar Warehouse).

Michael Mayer directs. His West End credits include Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith and Novello) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre). For Broadway his work includes Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony nomination for Best Director), On a Clear Day You Can See ForeverAmerican Idiot (Drama Desk Award for Best Director of a Musical), Spring Awakening (Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical), Thoroughly Modern Millie(Drama Desk Award for Best Direction of a Musical) and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Drama Desk nomination for Best Direction of a Musical).

Choreography is by Lynne Page, with set design by Michael Pavelka, costume designer by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Richard Brooker. The musical supervisor is Alan Williams and orchestrations are by Chris Walker.

Funny Girl is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Landis Productions and Chocolate Factory Productions.

Tickets for the West End run of Funny Girl can be bought here: www.musicaltheatrereview.entstix.com/tickets/funny-girl

Readers may also be interested in

Funny Girl – Menier Chocolate Factory – Review

InterviewMarilyn Cutts on playing Mrs Brice in Funny Girl 

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