Theatre Review: Funny Girl at the Fugard Theatre

This past Saturday saw me heading out with my mom for a night at the theatre… My very first visit to the Fugard Theatre!

We both really enjoy all types of theatre and this particular production of Funny Girl – The Musical looked like it would be a great evening’s entertainment for us to enjoy together.

We arrived a bit earlier to enjoy the pre-show atmosphere in the bar area and then found our seats to enjoy the show…

I loved the intimacy of this small theatre – it allows you to feel like you are part of the action when you can enjoy the actor’s facial expressions!

Funny Girl is perhaps most well-known as the 1968 movie that launched Barbara Streisand into the spotlight (and for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress as well as the Golden Globe) Not many people know that she had in fact first starred in Funny Girl – The Musical on Broadway back in 1964

I had never watched the movie so had little idea of what to expect…

 

I wasn’t disappointed!

We enjoyed an incredibly entertaining night out thanks to the powerful performance of the lead actress, lavish dance numbers, beautiful costumes, live music and iconic show tunes including “People” and “Don’t Rain On My Parade”.

The story is a semi-biographical one based on the life and career of Broadway star and comedienne Fanny Brice. I loved finding out more about her fascinating story which saw her vocal talents and comedic take her from a Brooklyn music hall to Broadway, along the way juggling her personal life with gambler and white-collar criminal, Nick Arnstein.

Eric Abraham’s brand new Fugard Theatre production of Funny Girl – The Musical features an all-South African cast. The lead role in this classic musical is taken by Ashleigh Harvey who displays an exceptional vocal ability and keeps you enthralled whenever she takes the stage. Her leading man, Nick Arnstein is played by Clyde Berning.

Other notable South African actors to share the stage in this production include Kate Normington (Sister Act, Mamma Mia!), Diane Wilson (Shirley Valentine, Grace and Glorie), Michèle Maxwell (Cabaret, Death of a Salesman), Mike Huff (Cabaret, Singin’ in the Rain),  Cameron Botha (West Side Story, Sweeney Todd), Grant Towers (The Sound of Music) and Lucy Tops (The Rocky Horror Show). The supporting cast includes Sven-Eric Müller (West Side Story), LJ Neilson (West Side Story), Jenna Robinson-Child (Cabaret), Ambre Chanel Fulton (Singin’ in the Rain), Michèle la Trobe (West Side Story) Sibusiso Mxosana (West Side Story), Daniel Fisher (Queen of the Ballet), Tamryn van Houten (West Side Story) and Tyla Nurden.

The Fugard Theatre’s production of Funny Girl sees the same creative team that produced The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret and West Side Story showcase their talents and is directed by Matthew Wild with Musical Direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Choreography by Louisa Talbot (2 of which attended my High School way back when!)

Aside from the incredibly talented team of actors who kept us entertained for the evening, the gorgeous costumes by Birrie Le Roux definitely need a mention! They really transport you to the era of 1920’s New York.

Funny Girl is theatre at its best and is well worth venturing out into the cold, dark night for!

Uplifting, emotional and very entertaining! Don’t miss out.

Funny Girl – The Musical is only showing at the Fugard Theatre until 11 June so book via Computicket today! Tickets start from R140 but these offer a restricted view. The better tickets are priced between R290 & R320.

Show times:

TUE – FRI 8 PM

SAT 4 & 8 PM

SUN 4 PM

 

 

 

 

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for almost 7 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family… but not food (unless it’s food she’s eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things… a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She’s never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn’t like!

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