With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart, the Broadway smash which skyrocketed Barbra Streisand to stardom, is revived in London’s West End with book revisions by Harvey Fierstein. British sensation Sheridan Smith plays Fanny Brice, who rose from being a Brooklyn music hall singer to become one of Broadway’s biggest stars. The score features now-classic songs such as “People”, “You Are Woman, I Am Man”, “I’m the Greatest Star” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade”.
“Smith scores in Michael Mayer’s exhilarating embrace of a production.”INDEPENDENT
“A winningly exhuberant performance – you feel you’re watching the most brilliant comic actress at work today and she deserves every award going.”SUNDAY TIMES
“Sheridan Smith the West End’s golden girl is as funny as any girl has ever been.”THE TIMES
• Funny Girl first opened on Broadway on the 26th March 1964 at the Winter Garden Theatre. It later transferred to the Majestic Theatre and The Broadway Theatre and closed in 1967.
• The musical is semi-biographical, based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and Comedienne Fanny Brice.
• Funny Girl was arguably Barbra Streisand’s big break through her lead role in the original production.
• This critically acclaimed production opened last December at the Menier Chocolate Factory where it sold out in record time.