Following critically acclaimed and record-breaking sold-out runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome is delighted to welcome Sheridan Smith in the UK Tour of Funny Girl from 8 – 13 May 2017 who reprises her highly praised performance of Fanny Brice.
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 ‘iconic, legendary, laugh-out-loud’ (The Times) musical tells the story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star.
Sheridan Smith reprises the role of Fanny Brice. Her other theatre work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Old Vic),Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket – Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress, Evening Standard Theatre Award and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre – Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical), Tinderbox (Bush Theatre), The People are Friendly (Royal Court) and Into the Woods (Donmar Warehouse). For television, her credits includeBlackwork, The C Word, Cilla, The Widower, The 7.39, Dates, Mr Stink, Mrs Biggs (BAFTA Award for Best Actress), Accused, Scapegoat, Little Crackers, Jonathan Creek, Gavin & Stacey, Larkrise to Candleford, Grown Ups, Love Soup, Two Pints of Larger and a Packet of Crisps, The Royle Familyand Wives and Daughters; and for film, The Huntsman, Powder Room, Quartet, Tower Block and Hysteria.
Director Michael Mayer’s West End credits include Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith and Novello Theatre) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre). For Broadway his work includes Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award nomination for Best Director), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, American Idiot (Drama Desk Award for Best Director of a Musical), Spring Awakening (Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Drama Desk Award for Best Direction of a Musical) and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical). For television, his work includes Smash and Alpha House, and for film his credits include A Home at the End of the World, Flicka and currently in post-production, Chekhov's The Seagull. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut with a celebrated new production of Rigoletto.
Funny Girl is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Landis Productions, Chocolate Factory Productions, Dante Di Loreto and Michael Harrison.
Funny Girl visits Birmingham Hippodrome from Mon 8 – Sat 13 May. For tickets, call the Box Office on 0844 338 5000 or visit www.birminghamhippodrome.com.
‘Smith is hilarious, glorious, touching. With a performance that is all-singing, all dancing, all-joking and, somehow, all-soul too.’
‘Michael Mayer’s exhilarating embrace of a production.’
‘A winningly exuberant performance. The most brilliant comic actress at work today.’
This year Lichfield Operatic Society is celebrating its 75thAnniversary by bringing two classic musicals to the Lichfield Garrick, Annie and South Pacific.
The well-loved family classic, Annie is the first production of the celebratory year and is coming to the stage this week. Based on Little Orphan Annie, this popular comic strip by Harold Gray has become a worldwide sensation.
With a perfect combination of street-smarts and optimism, Annie warms the hearts of the audience as we witness her rise from next-to-nothing in New York City.
Taking on the title role throughout the run of the show are Katie Davey and Molly Bagley who are both currently in their first year of studies at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls.
The two girls will be sharing what can only be described as a dream role for any young female actress, with Katie performing on the Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Evening performances and Molly Bagley will be performing Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Matinee.
Katie has appeared in many productions with Lichfield Operatic Society including Fiddler on the Roof, Whistle Down the Wind, The King and I and The Sound of Music where she took on the role of Gretal.
Katie said “I played the part of Kate in Annie at the Sutton Town Hall in 2014 and had great fun. I loved Annie so much that I wanted to do it again and so... here I am! I am so excited to be playing the part of Annie and particularly enjoy singing I Don’t Need Anything But You”
This will be Molly’s first appearance with the society but she has been performing with Theatrics since the age of 6 and last year played Oliver in Oliver at the Highbury Theatre with From the Top Theatre Company.
Molly said “I love rehearsing for Annie and spending time with the entire cast, especially the other Annie who is in one of my classes at School. I love to perform and would like to Study Performing Arts in the future.”
Including Katie and Molly the production will feature a total of 24 girls from Lichfield and surrounding areas.
The show runs from 18-22 April 2017. Tickets can be purchased at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the box office on 01543 412121.
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