Sheridan Smith reprises starring role at Playhouse

Sheridan Smith and Joshua Lay in Funny Girl
Sheridan Smith and Joshua Lay in Funny Girl
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IT’S one of the hottest tickets to come to town this year, following critically acclaimed and record-breaking runs at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre, Sheridan Smith reprises her highly praised performance of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Playhouse later this month, her only Scottish dates.

Funny Girl brought global fame to Barbra Streisand 50 years ago and boasts some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including People and Don’t Rain On My Parade.

This musical tells the story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star.

Describing Smith in the London run as “an unforgettable star turn” The Times went on to declare, “Smith is hilarious, glorious, touching. With a performance that is all-singing, all dancing, all-joking and, somehow, all-soul too.”

Looking ahead to returning to the role in the Capital, the actress says, “I’m just really looking forward to bringing a show I love to people who might not have been able to make it to London.

“I’ve never done a tour before, so I’m really looking forward to visiting so many great cities, including of course Edinburgh.”

And there’s one song in particular Smith is looking forward to singing once more.

“My favourite song is actually the title song, Funny Girl. It’s sad yet uplifting,” she says.

“The comedy numbers are really fun to perform too, and it’s great to enjoy them on stage with the full company - a really special part of the evening.”

The original production of Funny Girl premiered on Broadway in 1964 with a book by Isobel Lennart and music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill.

Semi-biographical, it is based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice. Lennart originally named the book for the show My Man; this was changed to Funny Girl during the creation of the production.

Taking on the lead role in the original production saw Barbra Streisand get her big break with the song People, released as a single prior to the show opening to ensure audiences were familiar with it when they saw the show.

Following a sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2015, this production brought Funny Girl back to the West End for the first time in 50 years.

Funny Girl, Playhouse, Greenside Place, 18-22 April, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £15-£58.50, 0844-871 3014