Funny Girl – The Musical

Funny Girl – The Musical
MUST CLOSE 11 JUN 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 4 PM | R130 – R350
The Fugard Theatre
  • Dates

    18 Apr 2017 -
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 4 PM
  • Price

    R130 – R350
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 minutes
  • Cast

    • Ashleigh HarveyFanny Brice
    • Clyde BerningNick Arnstein
    • Cameron BothaEddie Ryan
    • Kate NormingtonMrs Brice
    • Diane WilsonMrs Strakosh
    • Michèle MaxwellMrs Meeker
    • Grant TowersTom Keeney
    • Mike HuffFlorenz Ziegfeld
    • Sven-Eric MüllerCornet Man 1, Male Ensemble
    • Sibusiso MxosanaCornet Man 2, Male Ensemble
    • Lucy TopsEmma, Mrs Nadier
    • Jenna Robinson-ChildFemale Ensemble 1
    • Ambre Chanel FultonFemale Ensemble 2
    • LJ NeilsonFemale Ensemble 3
    • Tyla NurdenFemale Ensemble 4
    • Michèle la TrobeFemale Ensemble 5
    • Tamryn van HoutenFemale Ensemble 6
    • Daniel FisherTenor, Ensemble
  • Creative

    • Matthew WildDirector
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderMusical Director
    • Louisa TalbotChoreography
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Daniel GallowayLighting Design
    • Benjamin du PlessisLighting Design

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present a brand new Fugard Theatre production of Funny Girl – The Musical.  This international smash hit, semi-biographical musical, based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice features some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including “People” and “Don’t Rain On My Parade”. This musical classic tells the fascinating and bitter-sweet story of Fanny Brice whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from a Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star, and her tempestuous relationship with gambler Nick Arnstein.

A stellar all-South African cast has been secured for this iconic production that first opened on Broadway on the 26th March 1964 at the Winter Garden Theatre and enjoyed a recent sold-out revival season on the West End at the Savoy Theatre. The original book was written by Isobel Lennart, music composed by Jule Styne and lyrics written by Bob Merrill.

Taking the lead role in this much anticipated production will be Naledi nominee Ashleigh Harvey (Death of a Colonialist, Bash) an actor, singer, voice over artist, producer and writer whose work has taken her into Africa and all over the world. Ms. Harvey’s leading man is Clyde Berning (The Great Gatsby, Hamlet, Strangers on a Train) as Nick Arnstein. Kate Normington (Sister Act, Mamma Mia!) plays Mrs Brice, Diane Wilson (Shirley Valentine, Grace and Glorie) plays Mrs Strakosh, Michèle Maxwell (Cabaret, Death of a Salesman) plays Mrs Meeker, Mike Huff (Cabaret, Singin’ in the Rain) plays Florenz Ziegfeld, Cameron Botha (West Side Story, Sweeney Todd) plays Eddie Ryan, Grant Towers (The Sound of Music) plays Tom Keeney and Lucy Tops (The Rocky Horror Show) plays Emma. Sven-Eric Müller (West Side Story), LJ Neilson (West Side Story), Jenna Robinson-Child (Cabaret), Ambre Chanel Fulton (Singin’ in the Rain), Michèle la Trobe (West Side Story) Sibusiso Mxosana (West Side Story), Daniel Fisher (Queen of the Ballet), Tamryn van Houten (West Side Story) and Tyla Nurden making her professional debut, complete the outstanding line up.

The Fugard Theatre’s production will be directed by Matthew Wild with Musical Direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and Choreography by Louisa Talbot – bringing the same creative team together again who created the Fugard Theatre’s smash hits The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret and West Side Story. Set design is by Saul Radomsky, and costumes by Birrie Le Roux. Lighting is by Daniel Galloway and Benjamin du Plessis.  

Funny Girl – The Musical was arguably Barbra Streisand’s big break through when she played the lead role in the original production. The same production was nominated for eight Tony Awards and the cast recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. A film adaptation of the musical was released in 1968 starring Streisand (who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as well as the Golden Globe) alongside Omar Sharif.

★★★★★ - Die Burger
★★★★ Intelligent portrait of a musical gem - Cape Argus
Funny Girl is entertainment at its best. - What’s on in Cape Town
A must see … will delight all. - Cape Times
A powerhouse performance from Ashleigh Harvey as Fanny Brice - Broadway World SA
Will dazzle and delight - Theatre Scene Cape Town
A feast for the eyes and ears - Daily Maverick
Super talented all-South African cast - Call Off The Search
★★★★★ - Die Burger
★★★★ Intelligent portrait of a musical gem - Cape Argus
Funny Girl is entertainment at its best. - What’s on in Cape Town
A must see … will delight all. - Cape Times
A powerhouse performance from Ashleigh Harvey as Fanny Brice - Broadway World SA
Will dazzle and delight - Theatre Scene Cape Town
A feast for the eyes and ears - Daily Maverick
Super talented all-South African cast - Call Off The Search

Jewels

Jewels
28 MAY 2017
11 AM | R100
The Fugard Bioscope
  • Dates

    28 May 2017 - 28 May 2017
  • Time

    11 AM
  • Price

    R100
  • Duration

    2 hours
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • George BalanchineChoreography
    • Pavel SorokinConductor
    • Gabriel FauréMusic
    • Igor StravinskyMusic
    • Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyMusic

Screened as part of the 2017 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season. From The Royal Ballet.

George Balanchine’s evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a brilliant ballet classic. The French Romantic music of Fauré provides the impetus for the subtlety and lyricism of ‘Emeralds’, while the re of ‘Rubies’ comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet with the splendour of Imperial Russia and the peerless music of Tchaikovsky in ‘Diamonds’.

Jewels is a masterclass in the many luminous facets of classical ballet and indeed of The Royal Ballet itself: the virtuoso choreography of Balanchine, the intensity of the soloists and the precision of the entire Company.

The Eulogists

The Eulogists
30 MAY – 17 JUN 2017
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | R120 – R160
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    30 May 2017 - 17 Jun 2017
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM
  • Price

    R120 – R160
  • Duration

    1 hour
  • Cast

    • Emily ChildAudrey
    • Pierre MalherbeHarris
    • Kiroshan NaidooZee
  • Creative

    • Louis ViljoenWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Rocco PoolSet Design
    • Widaad AlbertusCostume Design
    • Kieran McGregorLighting Design

The Fugard Theatre presents the world premiere of double Fleur du Cap writer award winner Louis Viljoen’s The Eulogists. Viljoen is the Fugard Theatre’s Writer in Residence and The Eulogists excitingly marks his first offering in this position.

The world media has descended on a small town to wait for a great statesman to die. Audrey, a flash-in-the-pan author who once had access to the leader and profited from it, has holed herself up in a room around the corner from the dying man’s family home. Zee is an ambitious researcher who dreams of breaking an exclusive story about the leader’s past and shares a room with Audrey and cabin fever has begun to set in.

Thrown into this volatile situation is Harris, a correspondent for an American radio station who brings with him a few bottles of wine and a plan to end the boredom. Each of these three people have their own reasons for being stuck in this town and as the truth emerges, the inevitability of losing a person who represents hope becomes an unbearable burden. 

Viljoen partners with his long-time collaborator Greg Karvellas (Clybourne Park, The Father, Bad Jews) as director, reuniting the tour-de-force team that have created acclaimed productions such as CHAMP and The Frontiersmen. The Fugard Theatre audiences have had the chance to see previous plays by Viljoen, including CHAMP, and the multiple Fleur du Cap award-winning The Kingmakers and The Pervert Laura.

The cast includes Emily Child (The Pervert Laura; The Emissary, A Certain Lady) as Audrey, Pierre Malherbe (The Kingmakers, Sexual Perversity in Chicago) as Harris and 2016 Fleur du Cap winner for Most Promising Student Kiroshan Naidoo (Anthology, Fabulous Nothing) as Zee.

The creative team for The Eulogists includes Set Design by Rocco Pool (The Father, Associate Designer for The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek), Costume Design by Widaad Albertus  (Wardrobe Supervisor District Six- Kanala, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek) and Lighting Design by Kieran McGregor (The Father). 

“We are delighted to be staging the much-anticipated premiere of Louis Viljoen’s latest play as part of our Writer in Residence programme,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “In addition to presenting world-class South African productions of existing musical theatre and plays, we are committed to providing a platform for new voices to flourish. The Writer in Residence Programme offers the writer a series of guaranteed commissions and production of his or her work on the Fugard Studio Theatre stage.

“Louis has consistently illustrated through his work his razor-sharp observation skills and no-holds barred exploration of political, social and human themes, with dark, deviant characters that we both love and loathe. He is one of the most compelling new South African playwrights and we look forward to staging a number of his plays in the forthcoming years.”

Viljoen has written and produced numerous plays including, The Bile Boys, The Frontiersmen, The Verbalists, Champ, Porno 88, The Kingmakers, The Pervert Laura, Oh Baby, I’m A Wild One and The Emissary. He is one of the creators (along with playwrights Nicholas Spagnoletti and Jon Keevy) of the successful short-play initiative Anthology which has had four successful seasons at The Alexander Bar’s Upstairs Theatre. Viljoen has won Fleur Du Cap Theatre awards (Best New South African Script) for CHAMP (2013) and The Kingmakers (2015). He was the recipient of the Rosalie van Der Gucht Best New Director award for his plays, The Kingmakers and The Pervert Laura.

Age restriction: 16 (language)

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