Based on the life story of Fanny Brice (actually Fania Borach born in 1891) a music hall star who went on to star in the world famous Ziegfeld Follies revues. She met and married inveterate gambler Nicky Arnstein and had two children.
The story was turned in to a most successful musical film in the late 1960’s starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sherif.
This version is both excellent and dynamic, the full cast are great as is the orchestra.
However, casting Sheridan Smith in the part of Fanny Brice was a master stroke, she plays the part with wit, verve and pathos, her singing though is absolutely brilliant throughout.
She draws you in to her character with her enthusiasm and energy.
So “move over Barbra and let Sheridan take over”.
The acoustics of the MK Theatre were as usual very good, the stage set was flexible and conveyed the scene being portrayed.
The costumes beautifully portray the fashions of the period.
All in all a most enjoyable evening at the theatre.
Funny Girl runs from 28th Feb to 4th March at Milton Keynes Theatre. For tickets, visit: www.atgtickets.com