Sunday, 10 April 2016

Don't Rain on my Parade....

This week, previews of Funny Girl started at The Savoy Theatre beginning its West End run after a successful staging at The Menier Chocolate Factory in South London.

It is here that I saw this fabulous musical at the end of last year, which sold out its run within hours.
Funny Girl is the biographical story of film star and comedian  Fanny Bryce and her tumultuous relationship with entrepreneur Nicky Arnstein. The film of the story was made world famous by Barbara Streisand and Omar Sharif and the characters have been owned by these since. It is hard to imagine that anyone else can step into Streisand's shoes and own this role as well as her, but there may after 50 years be a successor!... Sheridan Smith has taken this role and made it her own.
Those not familiar with the plot, Brice rises from the chorus line of the Broadway musical and vaudeville line after being discovered. Briefly she meets Arnstein after her debut performance and their paths cross as Fanny's success grows and their romance flourishes. Fanny and Arnstein marry after he wins a fortune in a poker tournament. They move into a mansion, and Fanny takes a lead role at the Follies, returning to Ziegfeld who made her a star. Arnstein's various business interests fail and he refuses to take any of his wife's monies, involving himself in a bonds scam which leads to him being jailed for embezzlement.
Sheridan is supported with a fabulous cast and Arnstein is played by Darius Campbell. This musical is fabulous, Sheridan Smith is a Star; if you have a ticket to see this then you are in for an evening of sheer entertainment. With songs as legendary as the stars; People, Don't rain on my parade and Funny Girl it is a treat for every musical fan.
 I am booked to see this again at The Savoy and I can't wait.

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Sunday, 10 April 2016

Don't Rain on my Parade....

This week, previews of Funny Girl started at The Savoy Theatre beginning its West End run after a successful staging at The Menier Chocolate Factory in South London.

It is here that I saw this fabulous musical at the end of last year, which sold out its run within hours.
Funny Girl is the biographical story of film star and comedian  Fanny Bryce and her tumultuous relationship with entrepreneur Nicky Arnstein. The film of the story was made world famous by Barbara Streisand and Omar Sharif and the characters have been owned by these since. It is hard to imagine that anyone else can step into Streisand's shoes and own this role as well as her, but there may after 50 years be a successor!... Sheridan Smith has taken this role and made it her own.
Those not familiar with the plot, Brice rises from the chorus line of the Broadway musical and vaudeville line after being discovered. Briefly she meets Arnstein after her debut performance and their paths cross as Fanny's success grows and their romance flourishes. Fanny and Arnstein marry after he wins a fortune in a poker tournament. They move into a mansion, and Fanny takes a lead role at the Follies, returning to Ziegfeld who made her a star. Arnstein's various business interests fail and he refuses to take any of his wife's monies, involving himself in a bonds scam which leads to him being jailed for embezzlement.
Sheridan is supported with a fabulous cast and Arnstein is played by Darius Campbell. This musical is fabulous, Sheridan Smith is a Star; if you have a ticket to see this then you are in for an evening of sheer entertainment. With songs as legendary as the stars; People, Don't rain on my parade and Funny Girl it is a treat for every musical fan.
 I am booked to see this again at The Savoy and I can't wait.

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