Hello, gorgeous. Won’t you partake in the indomitable spirit of the one-and-only Funny Girl at the Orpheum Theatre on April 30–May 26, 2024? Come witness the story of the vaudevillian superstar that outshined Broadway’s lights in the early 20th century. Fanny Brice (Katerina McCrimmon)–from Lower East End woes to Ziegfeld Follies fame–explores the pits of stardom and marriage in this 160-minute show. Will she rise to the top? Or will she succumb to her husband’s (Stephen Mark Lukas) envious rage? Funny Girl’s first Broadway revival sets off on a national tour with over 30 cities en route. The musical will feature Jule Styne and Bob Merrill’s iconic score, which includes breakout hits like “People” and “I’m the Greatest Star.” It will also showcase an updated book based on Isobel Lenart’s original by Harvey Fierstein and direction from Tony-winner Micheal Mayer. Don’t dilly dally – book your seats in advance to see the glamorous world of Funny Girl LIVE at the Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco!
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“Funny Girl is landing the big moments. And every time it does, the ravenous, voracious audience rises up out of their seats to applaud.” – Vox
“What transcends it all is the presence of a Fanny who can deliver the musical, emotional and comedic goods.” – Variety
Born small? Then, dream BIG! Funny Girl’s first-ever Broadway revival lights the way to the Orpheum Theatre, with dates scheduled from April 30 to May 26, 2024. Kicking off in the second week of September in Providence, Rhode Island, the show’s national tour will follow up with 30 more city stops, including this one in San Francisco, California.
Fanny Brice won’t settle as your average everyday girl. She is a… Full. Blown. SUPERSTAR! Follow the dauntless woman from the Lower East Side as she navigates the chaotic tempest of life on stage. It’s not all glitz and glamor for our charming diva. With fame comes ceaseless attention, most notably that of dashing entrepreneur Nick Arstein. How will Fanny reconcile marriage with her soaring celebrity status? Will she crumble beneath her husband’s wayward envy? Or will she come out on top, an empowered legend for wide-eyed aspirants?
Funny Girl explores the greatest highs and deepest lows of one of America’s brightest stars in this semi-biographical tale of showbiz prestige, marital sorrows, and unyielding ambition.
The musical will run for approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, plus a 15-minute short intermission to stretch your legs.
Introducing some of the finest stage actors of their generation, the North American touring cast is led by National YoungArts Winner Katerina McCrimmon as the fantastic Fanny Brice and Broadway darling Stephen Mark Lukas as the suave Nick Arnstein. The rest of the named cast includes:
- Melissa Manchester as Mrs. Brice
- 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
- David Foley Jr. as Tom Keeney
Supporting our main performers are these exciting swing and ensemble talents: Vinny Andaloro, Lamont Brown, Kate E. Cook, 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.
“Yes, what Mrs. Brice says about him is true. “He’s always been a crook.” That’s who he’s always been, and Fanny just doesn’t want to see it because she was so smitten. I also think he genuinely falls for her and is really in love with Fanny. So he’s kind of caught between a rock and a hard place because he wants to be there for her, but he also can’t fight what his true nature is,” director Michael Mayer said in a discussion about the character Nick Arnstein.
Featuring Jule Styne and Bob Merrill’s classic score, Funny Girl brings back bonafide fan-favorite hits such as “I’m the Greatest Star,” “People,” and “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”
The production will also showcase direction from Tony Award-winner Micheal Mayer, a revised book based on Isobel Lenart’s iconic original by Harvey Fierstein, and two-way choreography by theatrical dance masters Ellenore Scott and Ayodele Casel. You can refer to the rest of the backstage band of creatives below:
- Margaret Styne – Special Material
- David Zinn – Scenic Design
- Susan Hilferty – Costume Design
- Kevin Adams – Lighting Design
- Brian Ronan – Sound Design
- Campbell Young Associates – Hair & Wig Design
- Chris Walker – Orchestrations
- Michael Rafter – Music Supervision
- Jim Carnahan – Casting
- Alan Williams – Dance, Vocal, and Incidental Music Arrangements
- David Dabbon & Carmel Dean – Additional Arrangements
- Lisa Iacucci – Production Stage Management
- Howard Tilkin, Janet Takami, & Christopher R. Munnell – Assistant Stage Management
- Seymour Red Press/Kimberlee Wertz – Music Coordination
- Liz Caplan – Vocal Supervision
- Johanna McKeon – Associate Direction
Casting details and other event info are still subject to change, so check back with us for the latest developments!
Funny Girl’s original Broadway production premiered in 1964, starring Barbra Streisand in her most memorable live stage role. The musical–loosely based on the life of comedian Fanny Brice–turned heads and captured hearts of critics and audiences alike. It attracted 8 nominations from the 18th Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Choreography.
Four years later, it spawned a critically acclaimed film adaptation that garnered 8 Academy Award nominations. Barbra Streisand–in her silver screen debut–clinched a historical win tying with the legendary Katharine Hepburn in the Academy’s Best Actress category.
Funny Girl’s legacy remained relevant through the ages, with riveting revivals popping up from all over the globe, including ones in Australia, Paris, and West End London. These incarnations opened to raucous applause and nominations from the Laurence Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, and Drama League award-giving bodies.
Claim your seats now for Broadway’s latest love letter to the history of American stardom. Funny Girl – The Musical is skipping towards you at the Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, for its 4-week showing from April 30 to May 26, 2024.