Funny Girl previews begin at the Savoy Theatre

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

Darius Campbell, Sheridan Smith and Marilyn Cutts in Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre, London. Picture: Marc Brenner

Previews have begun for the Savoy Theatre transfer of the critically acclaimed re-working of Funny Girl ahead of its much-anticipated 20 April West End opening night.

Sheridan Smith’s Fanny Brice and Darius Campbell’s Nicky Arnstein are joined by Marilyn Cutts, Maurice Lane, Valda Aviks, Gay Soper, Natasha J Barnes, Bruce Montague and Joel Montague.

The full cast of the Menier Chocolate Factory production is completed by Philip Bertioli, Emma Caffrey, Joelle Dyson, Rebecca Fennelly, Luke Fetherston, Matthew Goodgame, Leah Harris, Kelly Homewood, Sammy Kelly, Sanchia Amber Clarke, Lucinda Collins, Sam Murphy, Tom Murphy, Clare Richard and Oliver Tester.

Arriving in the West End following a sell-out run at the Menier, the Michael Mayer-directed production is due to play the Savoy Theatre until 8 October.

Loosely based on the life of Ziegfeld Follies star, the comedienne Fanny Brice, and focusing on her turbulent relationship with charismatic gambler Nicky Arnstein, Funny Girl was the vehicle that took Barbra Streisand from Broadway to Hollywood. Over 50 years after the show’s debut, one of Broadway’s biggest and busiest names, Harvey Fierstein, was brought in to turn the show into a musical fit for both its new leading lady and a modern audience.

With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, book by Isobel Lennart and a revised book by Fierstein, the show which includes timeless songs like ‘People’ and ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’, proved to be an instant hit with audiences and critics when it opened in November last year.

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

Funny Girl is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions; Scott Landis Productions; Chocolate Factory Productions; and Dante Di Loreto in association with Tulchin Bartner Productions; Just For Laughs Theatricals/Glass Half Full Productions; Scott M. Delman and Jam Theatricals.

Angela Thomas

Tickets for Funny Girl at the Savoy Theatre are available HERE.

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Funny Girl – Menier Chocolate Factory – Review

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