FUNNY GIRL RETURNS TO THE LONDON STAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE ITS 1966 PREMIERE.
Funny Girl was captured by Digital Theatre in the final week of its 2017 UK tour. Through a partnership with Trafalgar Releasing it opened in cinema across the UK and US and was broadcast on SKY over Christmas and New Year 2018/2019.
This classic musical tells the fascinating bitter-sweet story of Fanny Brice (Smith), whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star, and her tempestuous relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. Featuring some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including “People” and “Don’t Rain On My Parade”
With music and lyrics by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne and book by Isobel Lennart, Styne and Merrill, the Broadway smash which skyrocketed Barbra Streisand to stardom, is revived with Olivier and BAFTA award winner Sheridan Smith playing Fanny Brice, who rose from a Brooklyn saloon 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. With a score featuring the classic songs "People", "You Are Woman, I Am Man" and "Don't Rain on My Parade", this new production directed by Michael Mayer (Hedwig & Spring Awakening on Broadway) promises to be the theatrical event of the year.
Originally Produced for the Broadway Stage by Ray Stark
Original New York Production Supervised by Jerome Robbins
Original Production Directed by Garson Kanin
“If Sheridan Smith was a star before the lights went up on Funny Girl last night, she was twice the star by the time she took the thunderous curtain-call.”
“Only a fool would rain on Sheridan Smith’s parade”
"Smith is a constant joy to watch"