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Funny Girl extends at the Savoy to 10 Sep 2016
It has been announced that the upcoming West End transfer of the 1964 hit Broadway musical Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith in the role of Fanny Brice has extended its booking at the Savoy Theatre, where it will now run until 10 September 2016.
The production runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 20 November to 5 March 2016, where the run has officially sold out. It will begin performances at the Savoy Theatre on 9 April 2016, with an official West End opening on 20 April 2016.
Featuring a score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, book by Isobel Lennart, this new production features a revised book by Harvey Fierstein. It marks the first London production since the 1966 original which ran at the Prince of Wales Theatre starring Barbra Streisand. Directed by Michael Mayer, it features 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".
The cast for the Menier production includes Sheridan Smith as 'Fanny Brice', 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).
Tickets for the new booking period are now on sale.