The brand-new West End production of FUNNY GIRL, starring showbiz sensation Sheridan Smith, has launched its tour of the UK, and the raves are unanimously exuberant! Check out what the critics had to say:
Mark Shenton, The Stage – 5 stars
“Gratifying… brassy… gorgeous… Michael Mayer’s first major revival of the 1964 Broadway musical FUNNY GIRL premiered at the 150-seater Menier Chocolate Factory in London in 2015 and transferred to the West End’s Savoy last year. Now it sets off on a tour of some of the largest theatres in the country, kicking off at Manchester’s nearly 2,000-seater Palace Theatre, where its entire run is sold out.
“Sheridan Smith, reprising her role as Fanny Brice… had a much-publicized unscheduled lengthy absence during the original London run… like Dolly Levi in HELLO, DOLLY!, it’s so great to have her back where she belongs.”
Claire Allfree, The Telegraph – 5 Stars
“Smith has already received accolades galore for her performance… It’s worth giving her a few more, though, because frankly– she’s extraordinary… Michael Myer’s jaunty, elegantly choreographed production glides by like a dream.”
Catherine Love, The Guardian – 4 Stars
“Smith is show business incarnate. In her hands, the lively Brooklyn joker is an intricate tangle of competing emotions, all covered up with a big, bright, Broadway smile.
“The staging has the same delicious silliness as Fanny’s Ziegfeld Follies acts, with members of the ensemble regularly pirouetting in from the wings carrying bits of scenery. Director Michael Mayer’s production, like its heroine, never takes itself too seriously.”
Rhiannon McDowall, Manchester Evening News – 5 stars
“Smith is jaw-droppingly fantastic as the wonderfully awkward and bumbling Fanny Brice… supported by a wonderfully talented cast of dancers and singers, with brilliant choreography and beautiful costumes.”
Brogen Campbell, The Mancunion
“Standing ovations all round for Sheridan Smith as she is truly sensational as Fanny Brice… FUNNY GIRL has all the ingredients for a roaring success; emotions galore, catchy songs, and a sensational leading lady… It truly is astonishing.”
Congratulations to the entire cast and crew!
For more information on the FUNNY GIRL tour or to order tickets, visit the UK production’s website.
Amateur and professional licensing of FUNNY GIRL is available exclusively through Tams-Witmark. Check out the FUNNY GIRL page for more info!