Funny Girl Tickets
What’s on Manchester: Funny Girl Tickets at the Palace Theatre, Manchester
Monday 7th – Saturday 19th August 2017
Matinee & Evening Performances Available
Tickets from £24.90
Hot on the heels of a record breaking, critically acclaimed West End run this ‘utterly irresistible’ (The Sunday Times) new production of Funny Girl stars Olivier Award-winning Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice and Darius Campbell who reprises his role as Nick Arnstein and is once again returning to venues around the UK for a very limited run!
Funny Girl brought global fame to Barbra Streisand 50 years ago and boasts some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including People and Don’t Rain On My Parade. This ‘exhilarating’ (The Independent) musical tells the story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star.
Don’t miss your chance to see this ‘phenomenal’ (The Telegraph) production in 2017.
‘Triumphantly reinvents Funny Girl for a new generation’
**** 4 Stars ‘Michael Mayer’s vivacious production has wit, charm and energy, sparkly choreography, and a strong, ebullient cast.’
*The producers of Funny Girl cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.
Funny Girl first opened on Broadway on the 26th March 1964 at the Winter Garden Theatre. It later transferred to the Majestic Theatre and The Broadway Theatre and closed in 1967.
The original book was written by Isobel Lennart, music composed by Jule Styne and lyrics written by Bob Merrill. The musical is semi-biographical, based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and Comedienne Fanny Brice. Lennart originally named the book for the show My Man; this was changed to Funny Girl during the creation of the production. Ray Stark, Brice’s son-in-law via her daughter Frances, produced the original version of the stage show.
Funny Girl was arguably Barbra Streisand’s big break through her lead role in the original production.
The popular hit “People” was released as a single prior to the show opening, this meant that audience members were already familiar with the song when they went to see the show and it sparked an immediate positive reaction. The original production was nominated for eight Tony Awards and the cast recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. Garson Kanin, who was Director on the show, loosely based his novel Smash on his experience directing Funny Girl. Smash was more recently adapted into an NBC TV series of the same name.
After leaving the Broadway show during the original run, Streisand reprised her role in the 1966 West End production at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The show was directed by Lawrence Kasha. Streisand dropped out of the show when she became pregnant and was replaced by Lisa Shane, wife of Peter Collinson (director of The Italian Job).
A film adaptation of the musical was released in 1968 starring Streisand alongside Omar Sharif. Streisand won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as well as the Golden Globe. It was the top grossing film of the year. Diana Ross & The Supremes recorded a cover album of songs from the show to tie-in with the release of the film.
On 23rd Sept 2002, a concert version of the show was performed for an Actors’ Fund benefit at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The performance included Whoopi Goldberg, Ricki Lake, Idina Menzel and The Rockettes. Director Joil Newman re-invented the musical in 2014, exchanging the female role of Fanny for a male role Funnie Brice. The new character was played by Julio Cesar Arturo Valverde Monje for the tour’s opening in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The show toured Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador and Panama. The second part of the South America Tour began in October 2015.
Following a sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2015, Funny Girl The Musical returned to the West End for the first time in 50 years, at The Savoy Theatre from 9 April – 8 October 2016.
Unable to get tickets for the show you want? No Problem, Take a look at the following link where you can purchase Sold Out tickets from a third-party website (there are other dates and venues available):
Have you thought about enjoying a wonderful AFTERNOON TEA at the Palace Theatre’s very own Stage Door venue? £15 per person is all it takes to enjoy award-winning cakes and sandwiches from the North’s Famous Slattery Patisserie.
* Please note, tickets purchased from third-party websites my cost more than face value. Quoted prices correct at time of publication.
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