Reviewed by Emily Crombie
We were welcomed to the King’s Theatre in Glasgow last night (31 May 2017) for a stunning performance of Funny Girl The Musical which played to standing ovation.
Funny Girl is based on the book by Isobel Lennart which follows the life of Fanny Brice. First playing in Broadway in 1964 with Barbra Streisand in the leading role, it was nominated for many Tony Awards that year. This current tour is directed by Michael Mayer and runs in Glasgow until Saturday 3rd June.
Funny Girl tracks the development of Fanny Brice from youth to her fame as an actress and comedienne in the early 1900‘s and though her marriage to gambler Nick Arnstein. The audience was swept along with the emotions and turmoil Fanny experiences as Nick is convicted for embezzlement and goes on to leave her and their children after his release from prison.
Natasha J Barnes was very much the star of the show with her outstanding voice and affinity to the character of Fanny. The very debonair Nick Arnstein was played by Glasgow born Darius Campbell and his performance was very well received by the home crowd!
There are many beautiful songs within the show including Don’t Rain on my Parade and People. His Love Makes me Beautiful is hilarious as Fanny turns it into a comic performance when she appears as a very pregnant bride!
The show is beautifully set in the grandeur of the 1910’s and 1920’s with majestic scenery and opulent costumes, in fact perfectly in tune to the décor of the King’s Theatre.
The King’s Theatre is located on Bath Street in Glasgow’s city centre. It is within walking distance of both rail and bus station and there is plenty of on-street parking in the vicinity. The theatre staff were very welcoming and undertook security bag checks with swift and organised professionalism.
Barnes has a really empathy with the character of Fanny Brice giving a very intuitive performance which kept the audience enthralled from start to end.
Tickets cost from £19 to £70 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Funny Girl the Musical is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow from 31 May to 3 June 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/kings or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648