Funny Girl - Savoy Theatre, London
Important Information: Sheridan is scheduled to perform Tuesday through Saturday, with Natasha playing Fanny Brice on Monday evenings. This schedule is subject to change.
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A stellar cast is recruited to bring Funny Girl back to the stage in London as Sheridan Smith is amongst those starring in this anticipated revival at the Savoy Theatre. It transfers to the West End following a successful showing at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
The Broadway classic, which earned an array of Tony Award nominations in the 1960s and saw Barbra Streisand take on the lead role, has always had its fans and with that in mind its return to the West End was only going to be a matter of time. It arrives in April 2016 and in addition to its stand-out cast it also boasts a director in Michael Mayer, who will work from the acclaimed book by Isobel Lennart and music & lyrics by Jule Styne & Bob Merrill.
The story focuses on the real life star of the stage and screen Fanny Brice, whose career won over audiences right up to her death in 1951 and beyond. Funny Girl looks in particular at her life spent with her husband, the well known entrepreneur Nick Arnstein, exploring not only a period in which she awaits his release from prison but also covers her career, including her first vaudeville, and also deals with Arnstein’s crime.
The show was nominated for the Best Musical award at the 1964 Tony Awards, as well as Best Composer and Lyricist for Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. It is easy to see why when the show contains toe-tapping musical numbers like I Want To Be Seen With You Tonight, I’m The Greatest Star, Don’t Rain On My Parade and Rat-Tat-Tat-Tar, amongst others.
The production announced a run at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2015 and this proved to be such a big seller that a West End run became inevitable.
Sheridan Smith plays Brice, following in the footsteps of Streisand, who played the part on the stage and screen in the 1960s. Smith is one of the biggest names in the West End as she has appeared in everything from Legally Blonde The Musical at the Savoy Theatre to Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. She is also known for her television work in Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps and Cilla (in which she portrayed Cilla Black).
Funny Girls follows up Guys And Dolls when it runs at the Savoy Theatre from Saturday 9th April 2016.