Full cast announced for Menier's Funny Girl revival
Full casting has now been announced for the Menier Chocolate Factory's sold out revival of the 1964 Jule Styne and Bob Merrill musical Funny Girl which runs at their south London venue from 20 November to 5 March 2015.
Joining the previously announced Olivier Award-winner Sheridan Smith as 'Fanny Brice' will be Darius Campbell (Nick), Marilyn Cutts (Mrs Brice), Valda Aviks (Mrs. O’Malley), Natasha J Barnes (Emma/Mrs Meeker), Maurice Lane (Mr. Keeney), Bruce Montague (Ziegfeld), Joel Montague (Eddie) and Gay Soper (Mrs. Strakosh).
The ensemble will include Emma Caffrey, Matthew Croke, Joelle Dyson, Rebecca Fennelly, Luke Fetherston, Leah Harris, Kelly Homewood, Sammy Kelly and Stuart Ramsay.
The production will mark the first London production since the 1966 original which ran at the Prince of Wales Theatre starring Barbra Streisand. It will be directed by Michael Mayer, with set design by Michael Pavelka, choreography by Lynne Page, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Richard Brooker.
The iconic musical charts the life of Fanny Brice, who rose from the Lower East Side of New York to become one of Broadway's biggest stars under producer Florenz Ziegfield. While she was cheered onstage as a great comedienne, offstage she faced a doomed relationship with the man she loved. Jule Styne's score features the classic songs "People", "You Are Woman, I Am Man" and "Don't Rain on My Parade".
Darius Campbell came to public attention following the original ITV TV series 'Pop Stars'. His first single "Colourblind" went to #1 in the UK singles chart. His theatre credits include West End productions of 'Chicago', 'Guys and Dolls', 'Gone with the Wind' and 'From Here to Eternity'.
Tickets for the production have now sold out.