Funny Girl extends run at the Savoy Theatre until 10 September

Funny Girl - Sheridan Smith (Fanny Brice), Darius Campbell (Nick Arnstein) by Marc Brenner

Sheridan Smith and Darius Campbell in Funny Girl, transferring to the Savoy Theatre on 9 April. Picture: Marc Brenner

Following a critically acclaimed opening at the Menier Chocolate Factory this week, the hit production of Funny Girl has extended its booking period at the Savoy Theatre due to popular demand. Michael Mayer’s production will now run from 9 April until 10 September 2016 – marking the musical’s 50th anniversary year. Tickets for the extended booking period production starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice go on sale today.

With music by Jule Styne (whose musical Gypsy recently completed its award-winning run at the Savoy Theatre, starring Imelda Staunton), 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 returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory to play Fanny Brice. She previously appeared in Little Shop of Horrors for the company (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

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