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’.
Sensational Australian tenor, David Hobson, makes his debut with The Production Company as the handsome and debonair gambler, Nick Arnstein.
Australian theatre legend, Nancye Hayes, is Mrs. Brice.
Returning from Los Angeles is David Ross Paterson to play the role of the great Florenz Ziegfeld.
Joining this stellar lineup are Greg Stone, Susan-ann Walker, Luke Alleva and Judith Roberts.
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.
ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE
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
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