Plays Directory : Funny Girl

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Isobel Lennart, Jule Styne, Bob Merrill.
  • Written
    1964
  • Setting
    New York
  • Overview
    The musical is set in and around New York City just prior to and following World War I. Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice, awaiting the return of her husband, Nick Arnstein, from prison, reflects on their life together, and their story is told as a flashback.

    Fanny is a stage-struck teen who gets her first job in vaudeville. Her mother and her friend Mrs. Strakosh try to dissuade her from show-business because Fanny is not the typical beauty ("If a Girl Isn't Pretty"). But Fanny perseveres ("I'm the Greatest Star") and is helped and encouraged by Eddie Ryan, a dancer she meets in the vaudeville shows. Once Fanny's career takes off, Eddie and Mrs. Brice lament that once she's on Broadway she'll forget about them ("Who Taught Her Everything?"). Fanny performs a supposedly romantic number in the Follies, but she turns it into a classic comic routine, ending the number pregnant ("His Love Makes Me Beautiful").

    She meets the sophisticated and handsome Nick Arnstein, who accompanies Fanny to her mother's opening night party on "Henry Street". Fanny is clearly in love ("People"). They meet in Baltimore and have a private dinner at a swank restaurant and declare their feelings ("You Are Woman, I Am Man"). Fanny is determined to marry Nick regardless of his gambling past ("Don't Rain on My Parade"). They do marry and move to a mansion on Long Island ("Sadie, Sadie"). In the meantime, Mrs. Strakosh and Eddie propose to Mrs. Brice that she should find a man to marry, now that her daughter is supporting her ("Find Yourself a Man.") Fanny has become a major star with Ziegfeld and the Follies. Nick asks Ziegfeld to invest in a gambling casino, but although Ziegfeld passes, Fanny insists on investing. When the venture fails and they lose their money, Nick tries to make money but is arrested for embezzlement.

    In the present, Nick arrives, newly released from prison and he and Fanny decide to separate.

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3 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Maurice Lane
Maurice Lane
Director
2020, Mr Keneey
Savoy Theatre London
Clare Rickard
2019, Mimsie/onstage swing, understudy Fanny Brice
Savoy Theatre London
Dan Heesem
Dan Heesem
Followspot Operator
2019, Lighting Operator
Devonport Playhouse
Remi McKay
Remi McKay
Dresser
2018, Dresser
Riverside Theatres
Rachel Wood
Rachel Wood
Costume Assistant
2018, Stitcher
Simon Agyeman
Simon Agyeman
3D Modeler
2018, CAD Drafsperson
Andrea Ohnesorge
Andrea Ohnesorge
Costume Assistant
2018, Draper
Grant Vocks
Grant Vocks
Technical Manager
2018, Assistant Technical Direcor
Richard Llewelyn
Richard Llewelyn
Company Manager
2017, Company Manager
UK Tour
Lauren Thornton
Lauren Thornton
Wardrobe Assistant
2017, Dresser
Palace Theatre
Nicole Blackburn
Nicole Blackburn
Wardrobe Assistant
2017, Extra Wardrobe Dresser
Paul Williams
Paul Williams
Technical Stage Manager
2017, Technical Swing
UK Tour 2017
Donna Arundel
Donna Arundel
Dresser
2017, Dresser
Stacy Armstrong
Stacy Armstrong
Sound No.3 / A3
2017, Tech ASM Dep
Manchester Palace
Ashleigh Harvey
2017, Fanny Brice
The Fugard Theatre
Sam Wingfield
2017, Ensemble
UK Tour
Laura McClurg
Laura McClurg
Wardrobe Assistant
2017, Wardrobe Assistant
Matt Elesmore
Matt Elesmore
Company Stage Manager
2017, Technical Stage Manager
UK Tour 2017
Ashleigh Harvey
2017, Fanny Brice
The Fugard Theatre
Alastair Kleissner
Alastair Kleissner
Technical Stage Manager
2017, Technical Assistant Stage Manager
UK Tour