There are no other words to describe Funny Girl.
Watching it was an experience in itself. Seeing people look at each other during intermission, lost for words.
Funny Girl transports you into a different world. We are in the early 1900, in Brooklyn, New York, and Fanny Brice makes her debut at Keeney’s Theatre in Brooklyn. The show follows her from her very first act to her performances at the Ziegfeld Follies and through her relationship with Mister Arnstein.
Every detail of the show was suberb: The music, the composition, the set design. Chris Peluso as Nick Arnstein, Fanny’s gambling entrepreneur admirer who later becomes her husband as well as Rachel Izen playing Franny’s mother were wonderful, but most impressive were the shows within the shows: During the scenes of Fanny’s life on stage, the choreographies were breathtaking, a mix of modern (for the 1910s) and ballet dance and seeing the dancers on pointe is a reflection of the detail and perfection of the show.
None of this compares to Sheridan Smith herself though. Taking a role which made Barbara Streisand famous is no easy task, but she was sheer perfection. The show was more than just a musical, it was an experience, and one of the best performances I have seen.
The show combines wonderful music of both the live band and the singers, with jokes you cannot help but laugh out loud at. It is comical, beautiful, a true story full of fun, but also complicated relationships and life choices, with some of the most famous musical numbers.
The Menier Chocolate Factory production is on at the Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday- if you’re lucky you might still get a ticket to see it in Bristol but we’d certainly recommend catching it anywhere you can.