Putney Arts Theatre, London – 29 May – 1 June 2019
PLOS was 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.
“Stuart Burrows (Director), Harriet Ruby (Assistant Director and Co-Producer) and Sally Bourne (Co-Producer) are to be congratulated for taking on this challenging production. Together they formed a formidable creative team and delivered a truly wonderful show. I felt that the principals had been extremely well cast for this production and that the entire ensemble provided ‘first class’ support. Pace, energy and non-stop action kept the audience fully engaged and the whole production was faultless.”
“I’m incredibility glad that Funny Girl has made a comeback and that it has been released for amateurs – as it a gem. Speaking of gems, there were no diamonds in the rough in the performances in this production from PLOS, the whole cast were faultless and I was absorbed in the story from start to finish.”
- Director – Stuart Burrows
- Musical Director – Mike Searle
- Choreographer – Kim Findlay
- Assistant Director – Harriet Ruby
- Producers – Sally Bourne & Harriet Ruby
The musical told the story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability saw 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 thrived, but her relationship with her suave, imprisoned businessman husband, Nick Arnstein, was another story.
Fanny Brice | Elizabeth Burton
Nick Arnstein | Tim Duthie
Mrs Bryce | Kate Chesworth
Mrs Strakosh | Penny Hughes
Eddie Ryan | Chris Watson
Florenz Ziegfield Jr | Neil Wease
Mrs O’Malley | Laura Holden