Funny Girl


Fugard Theatre presented a brand new production of Funny Girl, which ran from 18 April 2017 and was directed by Matthew Wild.

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 turbulent relationship with gambler Nick Arnstein.


First performance
18 April 2017

Final performance
11 June 2017

Main Theatre


Fanny Brice
Ashleigh Harvey

Nick Arnstein
Clyde Berning

Eddie Ryan
Cameron Botha

Mrs Brice
Kate Normington

Mrs Strakosh
Diane Wilson

Mrs Meeker
Michèle Maxwell

Keeney, Renaldi, Male Ensemble, Tenor understudy
Grant Towers

Mike Huff

Cornet Man 1, Male Ensemble, Nick Arnstein Understudy
Sven Eric Müller

Cornet Man 2, Male Ensemble
Sibusiso Mxosana

Emma, Fanny Understudy , Mrs Nadier
Lucy Tops

Female Ensemble 1, Dance Captain
Jenna Robinson-Child

Female Ensemble 2
Ambre Chanel Fulton

Female Ensemble 3, Emma Understudy
LJ Nielson

Female Ensemble 4
Tyla Nurden

Female Ensemble 5
Michèle La Trobe

Female Ensemble 6
Tamryn Van Houten

Tenor, Eddie Ryan Understudy, Ensemble
Daniel Fisher


Associate Musical Director, Keys
Dawid Boverhoff

Mike Blake
Mike Magner

Reeds 1
Carl Ashford
Danél Dippenaar

Reeds 2, On-stage piano
Matthew Foster

Reeds 3
Justin Carter

Drums James

Sipumzo Trueman Lucwaba

Danielle Asherson

Creative team

Music by
Jule Styne

Lyrics by
Bob Merrill

Book by
Isobel Lennart from an original story by Miss Lennart

Produced for the Broadway stage by
Ray Stark

New York production supervised by
Jerome Robbins

Original production directed by
Garson Kanin

Matthew Wild

Eric Abraham

Daniel Galloway

Associate Producer
Lamees Albertus

Musical Director
Charl-Johan Lingenfelder

Associate Musical Director
Dawid Boverhoff

Louisa Talbot

Set Design
Saul Radomsky

Costume Design
Birrie le Roux

Lighting Design
Daniel Galloway
Benjamin du Plessis

Sound Design
Mark Malherbe

Associate Resident Director
Christie Hollander

Set Construction
Gerhard Morkel
Carl Gersbach For CHG Engineering

Production team

Production Manager
Roberto Grové

Technical Manager
Benjamin du Plessis

Stage Manager, Company Manager
Juanita van Wyk

Technical Stage Manager, Production Assistant
Shayna Gleave

Assistant Stage Manager
Ulibo Maake

Wardrobe Supervisor
Widaad Albertus

Sound Systems Technician
David Classen

Sound Operator
Dominique Adams

Mic Technician
Melissa George
Matthew Adriaan
Dawood Clarke

Follow Spot Operators
Clynt Hlubi
Achmat Khroodien

Angelo Peterson
Christopher Pharo

Dewald Coetzee
Frances Moerdyk
Nazrine Geyer

Prop Construction
Koos Marais

Sound Supplier
Eastern Acoustics

Rehearsal Photography
Daniel Rutland Manners

Production Photography
Jesse Kate Kramer
Daniel Rutland Manners

Kobus O’ Callaghan
Hillette Stapelberg
Maraai du Toit
Juanita Ferreira
Dawid Stassen
Ronel Wagener

Aziza Aanhuizen
Jasmine Julies
Petro Steyn
Eugene Titus

Jacqueline Colby

Wig Master
Patrick Adams

Makeup Consultant
Lamees Albertus

Allison Foat



Die Burger

“Intelligent portrait of a musical gem”

Cape Argus

“A powerhouse performance from Ashleigh Harvey as Fanny Brice.”

Broadway World SA

“In their latest production of Funny Girl, the Fugard Theatre and Eric Abraham have outdone themselves with a stand up show full of life, laughter and star power.”

What’s On In Cape Town

“What this local production accomplishes is not only a great, seamless and rather camp night at the theatre, but also the showcasing of the extraordinary home-grown talent capable of serving up a show that would shine anywhere in the world, including Broadway.”

Daily Maverick

“When combined with star quality performers the show becomes a must see.”

Cape Times