Initially opening on Broadway in 1964, "Funny Girl" has a unique background as a musical, with a story based on the career, life and relationships of real-life Broadway star Fanny Brice. The first production of this original, semi-biographical musical originally named "My Man," gave its lead Barbra Streisand her breakout role. Returning to West End after its 1996 production, "Funny Girl The Musical"'s latest revival brings this classic story to new audiences.
Told as a flashback by title character Fanny Brice, "Funny Girl" tells the story of her troubled relationship with the suave Nick Arnstein. Fanny is determined to become a star, despite her mother's attempts to dissuade her, and eventually finds a role in show business through vaudeville acts. As her career as a performer advances, she meets, falls in love with and marries Nick, an entrepreneur with a troubled past in gambling. Fanny, having achieved her dream as a part of Ziegfeld and the follies, makes an investment at Nick's suggestion, one that costs them their savings, causing Nick to make a deal that puts him in prison for embezzlement. Present-day Fanny, awaiting his release, reflects on these events and her love for her husband before they make the decision to part ways.
This new production of "Funny Girl" brings the beloved characters and iconic music back to the stage. Starring Sheridan Smith in the lead role as Fanny Brice and Darius Campbell as Nicky Arnstein, the musical's limited run at West End's Savoy Theatre follows a sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and will be succeeded by a U.K. tour. Directed by Michael Mayer, the "Funny Girl" revival of the Tony-nominated musical has received rave reviews.
Besides its compelling lead, "Funny Girl" is most notably popular for its iconic music. Famous in theatre and film history, numbers like "People" and "Don't Rain on My Parade" have been favourites of musical enthusiasts for decades. The perfect format for telling the fascinating tale of a Broadway star, "Funny Girl" is the story of a career and a love told through emotionally charged songs that go from Fanny's beginnings in show business through her rise to stardom, as well as her relationship with Nick Arnstein. Along with more famous tracks like "People," which was almost removed from the original production, the musical includes such memorable songs as "I'm the Greatest Star," "His Love Makes Me Beautiful," and "The Music That Makes Me Dance." These stirring songs are ones that will stay with audiences.
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