Putney Arts Theatre, London
29 May – 1 June 2019
PLOS is proud to be the first amateur society to be granted the performing rights for this smash hit show, following its successful West End run and then national tour.
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.
- Director – Stuart Burrows
- Musical Director – Mike Searle
- Choreographer – Kim Findlay
- Assistant Director – Harriet Ruby
- Producers – Sally Bourne & Harriet Ruby
The musical tells the story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from small time Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star. Valued for her vocal and comedic talents by the renowned theatre impresario Florenz Ziegfeld , Fanny thrives, but her relationship with her suave, imprisoned businessman husband, Nick Arnstein, is another story.
About the show
Funny Girl musical is the semi-biographical musical based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and Comedienne Fanny Brice. It first opened on Broadway in 1964 at the Winter Garden Theatre, and was Barbra Streisand’s big break role.
The original book was written by Isobel Lennart, music composed by Jule Styne and lyrics written by Bob Merrill.
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. A film adaptation was released in 1968 starring Streisand alongside Omar Sharif, for which Streisand won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
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 in 2016, with Sheridan Smith as Fannie Bryce.
First meet: 7.30pm, Monday 25 February – Ackroydon Hall, Southfields SW19
Auditions (all at Ackroydon Hall):
- 7 – 9pm, Monday 4 March
- 7.30 – 10pm, Thursday 7 March
(We understand another local society will be holding audition workshops during the show week of Funny Girl. Please be assured that special dispensation will be for any of our cast members so that you don’t miss out. )
List of Characters
|Character||Description||Audition Piece in Script||Song – Please see amended scores on line for sections to sing.|
|New York born, Jewish comedienne & star of the Ziegfield Follies. Needs to be an exceptional singer and actress with good dance skills. Stamina required! The show follows her life story from the age of 19 when she is starting out in vaudeville to her split from her husband, Nick Armstein, around the age of 36.||Pages 1-13-74 to 1-13-77 From “May I take your wrap” to “Very sensible”.
Pages 2-7-38 to 2-7-41 From “Mama, what are you doing here?” To “I had to make you see it”
|“Don’t Rain On My Parade” and “I’m The Greatest Star” and “Music That Makes Me Dance”|
|Nick Armstein||Suave, sophisticated and privileged playboy who marries Fanny but ultimately breaks her heart. Excellent singing and acting skills required.||Pages 1-13-74 to 1-13-77 From “May I take your wrap” to “Very sensible”.
|“I Want To Be Seen With You Tonight.”|
|Mrs Brice||Fanny’s mother – Sassy, confident and pragmatic. Early 40s at start of show. A large character actress part with strong acting and singing skills.||Pages 1 – 7 -38 to 1-7-39 From “Greetings and Salutations” to “Fanny, darling, tell me everything”
Pages 2-7-38to 2-7-41 From “Mama, what are you doing here?” To “I had to make you see it”
NB Please use Eddie’s dialogue as well so it’s a duologue
|“Who Taught Her Everything She Knows?”|
(Ideally would be a good tap dancer)
|Talented vaudevillian hoofer who becomes Ziegfield’s dance captain. Fanny’s best friend. Suffers unrequited love for Fanny. Requires strong acting, dance and singing skills.||Pages 2-7-38 to 2-7-41 From “Mama, what are you doing here?” To “I had to make you see it” – Please use Mrs Brice’s dialogue as well so it’s a duologue||“Who Taught Her Everything She Knows?”|
|Mrs Strakosh||Mrs Brice’s neighbour. Well featured. A bit of a snob from Fanny’s community in competition with Mrs Brice.||Pages 1 – 7 -38 to 1-7-39 From “Greetings and Salutations” to “Fanny, darling, tell me everything”||“If A Girl Isn’t Pretty”|
|Florenz Ziegfield||Theatrical impresario notable for his series of theatrical revues, The Ziegfield Follies. Mostly dialogue requiring strong acting skills. A strong supporter of Fanny’s but who is also exasperated by her.||Pages 1-8-44 to 1-8-45.||N/A|
|Ensemble song (everyone)||Everyone auditioning for ensemble will be required to perform a short section of song.||N/A||“Henry Street”|
|Tenor Solo in Your Love Makes Me Beautiful||Strong tenor voice required for the Follies number “His Love Makes Me Beautiful”.||N/A||“His Love Makes Me Beautiful”|
There are 25 male and female cameo roles in Funny Girl! These will be allocated once the casting is complete and may involve further short auditions during the rehearsal period.