Sunday, April 24, 2016

Funny Girl Opens In London's West End After 50 Years- And It Sure Looks Like A Big Hit!

I've been posting blogs on the various Broadway Shows for months now but this article is one I've been most excited to write.  It's about Funny Girl in London.

Funny Girl has just opened at the Savoy Theater in London after transferring from The Menier Chocolate Factory which is a small 180 seat theater located in London's Off West End (kind of like our version of Off Broadway).  The production at the Savoy Theatre is being directed by Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening) with Music and Lyrics by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill with a terrific Book by Isobel Lennart (there have been some revisions to the book by Broadway's Harvey Weinstein as well).  And right now both the public and critics are talking about how Funny Girl has been brought back to West End hit status after over 50 years.  Wow, how about that folks?

Funny Girl stars Sheridan Smith who plays the role of Fanny Brice, who has garnered rave reviews since the show's opening on April 20, 2016.  Domenik Maxwell of The Times in London said "you simply don't see star quality like this too often.  Not in the West End, not on Broadway, not anywhere...Smith is hilarious, Smith is glorious, Smith is touching.  So Streisand, Schmeisand".  He is referring to Barbara Streisand of course, who played the role of Fanny Brice on Broadway in 1963 and in the film a short time thereafter.  The show first played in London in 1963.

Although right now Funny Girl is scheduled to play a strictly limited engagement at the Savoy Theater in London through October 8, 2016, I think they'll most likely extend if ticket sales keep going up as they should in the days and weeks ahead.

The Funny Girl story tells of Fanny Brice who is a fantastic singer and comedic talent who rises from a Brooklyn music hall actress to Broadway fame and involves the often difficult relationship she has with gambler Nicky Arnstein.  All-time famous songs like "People" and "Don't Rain on my Parade" are just some of the great music in Funny Girl.

Many of my family and friends know that I have a deep affection for London Theatre as well as the entire city of London and have traveled there frequently over the past 20 years or so.  In fact, I first went to London just prior to my 40th birthday and in 2 weeks I turn 60 years old.  Time sure does fly doesn't it?  My wife loves the shopping and I love the theater so we drag each around around for a week at a time taking in as much theatre, shopping, dining and sightseeing as we can squeeze in.

I'm about to start planning our next trip to London to see Funny Girl and the revival of Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close and have just noticed that Funny Girl is playing at a local theater in Beverly, Massachusets for a 2 week run in June 2016.  Who knows, maybe we'll get Funny Girl tickets to the production in Massachusets (we love our visits to the Boston area too) and in London.  How cool would that be?  Will it come to Broadway in 2017?  Stay tuned my friends.

If you or anyone you know needs help in obtaining Funny Girl tickets in London, my company Applause-Tickets is just a phone call away.  We have live inventory for Funny Girl tickets in London as well as every London theatre ticket for any show you may want to see.  You can call Applause's ticket service 24 hours daily, 7 days a week for Funny Girl tickets or the London West End Show of your choosing.

Cheers to the creators and cast of London's Funny Girl.

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