Funny Girl is one of those delightful musical theatre shows that keeps on giving despite being a story from early last century that became for Barbra Streisand an Academy Award winning role from the film of 1968. Yes 1968!
Timeless is an appropriate adjective for this story of the late great Fanny Brice, her paramour Nick Arnstein and her career with the Ziegfield Follies before and during WW1 with the current production at the Q Theatre by our ever adventurous Supa Productions, a beautifully produced show to delight and entertain.
Using the original Isobel Lennart story, you can dispense with any lingering Streisand and of course Omar Sharif memories and enjoy the youthful cast’s refreshing performances of show stoppers they handle with panache under the direction of Jarrad West where we all fell in love with the effervescent performance of Philippa Murphy the understudy who slipped into the role on opening night as Vanessa de Jaeger was ill. My intention was to go back to see Vanessa in the role she’d made her own but time and work prevailed and I didn’t make it, but am reliably informed she’s a star too!
Settling in to the Q Theatre for this production is a smart move for Supa Productions and the set by the indefatigable Brian Sudding fits the space perfectly with costumes by Suzan Cooper, Amy Fitzpatrick’s choreography and musical direction by Rose Shorney bringing together the formidable team that has shown over the years a commitment to excellence in all their productions.
Funny Girl continues at the Q Theatre until 3 September.