Get ready for Funny Girl – The Musical at The Fugard
Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town present a brand new Fugard Theatre production of Funny Girl – The Musical. This international hit, semi-biographical musical, based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice features some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including ‘People’ and ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’. This musical classic tells the fascinating and bitter-sweet story of Fanny Brice whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from a Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star, and her tempestuous relationship with gambler Nick Arnstein.
An all-South African cast has been secured for this production that first opened on Broadway on the March 26, 1964 at the Winter Garden Theatre and enjoyed a recent sold-out revival season on the West End at the Savoy Theatre. The original book was written by Isobel Lennart, music composed by Jule Styne and lyrics written by Bob Merrill.
Taking the lead role in this much anticipated production will be Naledi nominee Ashleigh Harvey, an actor, singer, voice over artist, producer and writer whose work has taken her into Africa and all over the world. Ms. Harvey’s leading man is Clyde Berning as Nick Arnstein. Kate Normington plays Mrs Brice, Diane Wilson plays Mrs Strakosh, Michele Maxwell plays Mrs Meeker while Mike Huff plays Florenz Ziegfeld, among a host of other well-known musical theatre performers.
The Fugard Theatre’s production will be directed by Matthew Wild with Musical Direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Choreography by Louisa Talbot – bringing the same creative team together again who created the Fugard Theatre’s ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, ‘Cabaret’ and ‘West Side Story’. Set design is by Saul Radomsky, and costumes by Birrie Le Roux. Lighting is by Daniel Galloway and Benjamin du Plessis.
* Funny Girl runs from April 18 to June 4. Tickets, ranging from R130 to R350, and are available on 021 461 4554 or at Computicket.