Natasha Barnes shot into the public consciousness in March 2016 when the Funny Girl understudy stepped in following the indisposition of the show’s star Sheridan Smith, much to the acclaim of critics and audiences. After a whirlwind couple of years, which included playing Fanny Brice at a number of dates as part of a UK tour, Barnes has released her debut album as a solo artist. Here, Barnes talks us through the album, titled Real, which is available to buy and stream now. "You Don't Mean It"
The Savoy is currently having a run of great Broadway musicals (and there's one more on the horizon when this one ends): after Gypsy and Guys and Dolls and before the arrival later in the year of Dreamgirls, comes this transfer of Funny Girl from the Menier Chocolate Factory. The first two came from Chichester; and like Gypsy, this one has a score by the great Broadway songsmith Jule Styne.