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It is being reported 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 for a second time and will now run until 8 October 2016.
The production is currently playing at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 20 November to 5 March 2016, and this 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).
Funny Girl at the Savoy was previously taking bookings until 10 September 2016 and the new tickets will go on sale at 10am on Monday 8 February.
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