Funny Girl is an utterly charming musical following the life of Fanny Brice as she navigates the world of theatre and love. I previously saw the show as it began at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London before it embarked on a West End run and the current UK Tour. My other review states that I was unsure if the performance would translate to a larger space – safe to say it does so, effortlessly.
From the Menier to the West End to a UK Tour, Funny Girl has transformed but retained its initial passion and verve. This endearing performance goes from strength to strength, with direction from Michael Mayer, its appeal is only reinvigorated throughout as the lives are brought to life on stage through unparalleled charisma.
At the performance I saw, the role of Fanny Brice was played by understudy Alexandra Waite-Roberts. Waite-Roberts is a joy to watch as Fanny Brice. Her understated approach adopts Brice’s humour and quirks while also adding a new level of understanding to this well known persona. Fanny’s silliness and easygoing nature is only emphasised by Waite-Roberts, so much so that the lasting punch of the musical is even more effective. Opposite Waite-Roberts is Darius Campbell who is totally charismatic and makes you go weak at the knees as heartthrob Nick Arnstein. His deep voice and relaxed charm makes him the perfect suitor as he portrays this turbulent antihero. The couple hold a powerful dynamic which is especially poignant in their rendition of “People” and its reprises.
Funny Girl continues its UK Tour until 19th August 2017 with the role of Fanny Brice being shared by Sheridan Smith and Natasha J Barnes. Don’t miss this sensational musical. Tour dates can be found at http://www.funnygirlthemusical.co.uk/uk-tour/.