Fanny Brice is back!

Ken Mackenzie-Forbes, Artistic Director today announced the full cast for Funny Girl.

Opening The Production Company’s 2016 Season on 23 July in the State Theatre at Arts Centre Melbourne, Funny Girl features a cast of thirty and an orchestra of twenty-seven. With a new production on London’s West End and a planned Broadway season, this is the perfect time for Melbourne to enjoy a new staging of this classic Broadway musical.

Caroline O’Connor plays Fanny Brice, one of the great stars of Broadway’s Ziegfeld Follies. A hundred years on from that golden era, musical theatre is enjoying unprecedented popularity both on Broadway and here in Melbourne. Last week in the United States, O’Connor opened in the new Broadway-bound musical, Anastasia (her third Broadway show) with Variety describing her performance in the role of Lily as ‘marvelous’.

Caroline O'Connor headshot

Sensational Australian tenor, David Hobson, makes his debut with The Production Company as the handsome and debonair gambler, Nick Arnstein.

David Hobson headshot

Australian theatre legend, Nancye Hayes, is Mrs. Brice.

Nancye Hayes headshot

Returning from Los Angeles is David Ross Paterson to play the role of the great Florenz Ziegfeld.

David Ross headshot

Joining this stellar lineup are Greg Stone, Susan-ann Walker, Luke Alleva and Judith Roberts.

Greg Stone headshot  Luke Alleva headshot  Judith Roberts headshot

Award winning Director, Gale Edwards leads the outstanding creative team. Musical Director, Anthony Gabriele returns from London’s West End following seasons of The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and Cats. The Choreographer is Kelley Abbey and designs are by Tim Chappel (costumes), Shaun Gurton (sets) and System Sound.

With music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, the incredible score includes the unforgettable hits ‘Don’t Rain On My Parade’, ‘People’ and ‘I’m The Greatest Star’. All performances will feature The Production Company Orchestra.

The production is sponsored by ANZ.


23 to 31 July 2016

All tickets for Funny Girl are on sale at Arts Centre Melbourne and Ticketmaster

Adult Tickets start at just $42, Under 18’s at $21.


Fanny Brice Caroline O’Connor
Nick Arnstein David Hobson
Mrs Brice Nancye Hayes
Tom Keeney Greg Stone
Mrs Meeker Judith Roberts
Florenz Ziegfeld David Ross Paterson
Mrs Strakosh Susan-ann Walker
Eddie Ryan Luke Alleva


Blake Appelqvist
Daniel Assetta
Jared Bryan
Danielle Evrat
Sam Hooper
Sophia Katos
Adam Noviello
Max Patterson
Callum Sandercock
Suzanne Steele
Andrea Arena
Amy Berrisford
Sage Douglas
Ashleigh Hauschild
Laura Inglesi
Kiara Kieser
Cassie O’brien
John Reed
Priscilla Stavrou
Brooke Synnott


Director Gale Edwards
Musical Director Anthony Gabriele
Choreographer Kelley Abbey
Costume Co-Designers Tim Chappel
Set Designer Shaun Gurton
Lighting Designer Trudy Dalgleish
Sound Design System Sound