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Funny Girl – Birmingham Hippodrome

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Book: Isobel Lennart, Revised by Harvey Fierstein Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Fanny Brice was a phenomenon of the American stage in the early 20th Century. A natural comedienne and talented singer, she used her ‘funny face’ and ungainly movements to great effect, appearing in the Ziegfeld follies throughout the 1920s. Her personal life, ...

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Funny Girl – Bristol Hippodrome

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Director: Michael Mayer Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Reviewer: Chris Oldham Not long after completing its engagement at London's Savoy Theatre, Funny Girl arrives at the Bristol Hippodrome this week. And with Sheridan Smith at the top of bill, expectation couldn't be higher. Fanny Brice (Smith) is a young Jewish girl growing ...

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Funny Girl – Liverpool Empire

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: John Roberts Sheridan Smith is a performer who, over the past few years, has had her own demons to quash and battled regularly with press intrusion, so it is no surprise that she brings real weight and gravitas to the role of Fanny ...

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Funny Girl – Milton Keynes Theatre

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Book: Isobel Lennart, revised by Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: Maggie Constable The hugely talented comedienne and actor, Sheridan Smith, takes on the lead role in Funny Girl at Milton Keynes this week. She has been much awaited after rave reviews in the West End. Very few have taken on this role since Barbra Streisand ...

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Funny Girl – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Funny Girl is the (mostly) true story of the rise and first marriage of Broadway Vaudeville (and later film) star Fanny Brice. The musical dates from 1964, and its star Barbra Streisand went on to recreate the role in the Oscar-winning ...

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Green Day’s American Idiot – Arts Theatre, London

Book: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer Music: Green Day Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong Director and Choreographer: Racky Plews Reviewer:Tom Finch From the moment the audience enters the auditorium of the Arts Theatre there's no getting away from the setting of Sell A Door's production of this anarchic musical byGreen Day. With moody punks dotted around the house and clips ...

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American Idiot – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Cast of American Idiot UK Tour 2016

Book: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer Music: Green Day Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Matt Forrest Musicals sometimes have a bad rap for being laced with so much sugar and sweetness that they’ll make your teeth fall out. However, there is no such sentiment with Green Day’s rock-opera American Idiot, the only way any teeth will ...

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American Idiot – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Cast of American Idiot UK Tour 2016

Book: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer Music: Green Day Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong Director and Choreographer: Racky Plews Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Producing a concept album in 2004 was a brave move for US pseudo-punks Green Day. It isn't hyperbole to describe that album, American Idiot, as culturally significant in US rock history, winning a Grammy Award in 2005 and ...

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