Hello, America! The all-new revival of Funny Girl is headed on a North American tour, and it includes a stop in your city. People of Buffalo, New York, you’re not going to want to miss this musical theater comedy heaven! This tribute to the theater has it all, including one of the most iconic scores ever composed by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, a revised book by Harvey Fierstein based on the original classic by Isobel Lennart, tap choreography by Ayodele Casel, choreography by Ellenore Scott, and direction by Michael Mayer.
The star of the show, Katerina McCrimmon as Fanny Brice, will indeed leave you with a good time. Catch the show live at the Sheas Performing Arts Center when it runs from the 13th to the 18th of February, 2024. With an iconic score featuring “People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” you’re sure to have a dazzling experience! Tickets for Funny Girl in Buffalo, New York are on sale right here. Check out the schedule below and hit the GET TICKETS button to secure yours!
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“Funny Girl is a show for the ages!” – Providence Journal
“Sparkling and explosively entertaining!” – The Observer
“Bravo! Nothing short of thrilling!” – New York Sun
The Broadway production of Funny Girl debuted in 1964 and has a score composed by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill. Harvey Fierstein, a Tony Award winner, recently reworked the text by Isobel Lennart for this revival. A teenage Barbra Streisand gained widespread recognition from the original play; she would later repeat her stage role in the 1968 film adaption, which earned her an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. The biomusical follows the real-life singer and comedian Fanny Brice from her modest Brooklyn, New York, upbringing to her success as a radio and film performer, as well as her theatrical career in the Ziegfeld Follies.
This is not only a convoluted romance between a woman and a man; it’s a rags-to-riches tale about a not-so-beautiful Brooklyn girl who becomes the star she’s always dreamed of becoming in the 1920s. She falls in love with a “gorgeous” gambler, for whom she’ll risk all. It’s also about the love of your hometown and its people, your enthusiasm for theater, and, in the end, coming back to who you are after sacrificing everything.
This new revival is directed by Michael Mayer. It debuted on Broadway on April 24, 2022, at the August Wilson Theatre. Ellenore Scott and Ayodele Casel choreographed the tap dance. Most of the creative team from the Broadway production is coming back for this tour, including hair stylist Campbell Young Associates; scenic designer David Zinn; costume designer Susan Hilferty; lighting designer Kevin Adams; sound designer Brian Ronan; and music supervisor Michael Rafter. Elaine Davidson, the music director, and Cody Spencer, the co-sound designer, are joining the creative team as well. Jason Thinger and Jim Carnahan are in charge of casting.
Additional arrangements by Carmel Dean and David Dabbon, as well as orchestrations by Chris Walker, dance, voice, and incidental music arrangements by Alan Williams, are included in the production.
“Funny Girl is the exact musical we need right now!” – Collider
“Vivacious and delightfully glitzy!” – Vogue
The showstopping newcomer Katerina McCrimmon leads the company as Fanny Brice. She is joined in the cast by Grammy-winning “Don’t Cry Out Loud” singer Melissa Manchester, who starred in the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance, as Mrs. Brice; Stephen Mark Lukas as Nick Arnstein; Izaiah Montaque Harris as Eddie Ryan; Walter Coppage as Florenz Ziegfeld; Leah Platt as Emma and Mrs. Nadler; Christine Bunuan as Mrs. Meeker; Eileen T’Kaye as Mrs. Strakosh; and David Foley Jr. as Tom Keeney.
Other members of the cast includes Vinny Andaloro, Lamont Brown, Kate E. Cook, Julia Grondin, Jackson Grove, Dot Kelly, Alex Hartman, Ryan Lambert, Kathy Liu, Zoey Lytle, Meghan Manning, Bryan Charles Moore, Sami Murphy, Hannah Shankman, Jordon Taylor, Rodney Thompson, Sean Thompson, and Annaliese Wilbur.
“Katerina McCrimmon is a phenomenal Fanny—quirky, adorable, quick, clever, ambitious, and utterly romantic all at once.” – Revue
“a parade that has audiences cheering almost from the overture to the curtain call.” – Wall Street Journal
In an interview with Click on Detroit, Funny Girl star Katerina McCrimmon said she doesn’t feel any pressure on giving audiences Barba Streisand. She said, “I feel really confident in my performance. I feel like what I’m doing is paying homage to her. I would be lying if I said some of the vocal influence wasn’t her. Obviously, it’s hard to sing the songs and not take some influence from Barbara.”
She continued, “But when approaching the script, the scenes and the character, I did not want to make it a carbon copy. If you tackle it that way, you’re destined for failure because you can’t be somebody else. Nobody wants to pay to see somebody be somebody else. They pay to see what the person has to give to the role. It’s been 60 years or more since the show has been on Broadway. There’s no way to really know what she did unless you were there.”
“If you like old-fashioned, 20th-century musicals with lots of big, bold singing and dancing; captivating romance; and lavish sets and costumes, Funny Girl delivers on all counts.” – New York Theatre Guide
Funny Girl, with iconic musical numbers such as “People,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” is coming to your city real soon. Witness this highly anticipated revival on tour when it lands in Buffalo, New York! Welcome to the parade… where you’ll find one of the most beloved performers in history, shining brighter than the brightest lights of Broadway.
Go ahead and grab your tickets for Funny Girl in Buffalo right now! Hurry and secure yours before they sell out!