Published on June 3rd, 2016 | by admin
The Production Company – Funny Girl Cast Announcement
Fanny Brice is back!
Ken Mackenzie-Forbes, Artistic Director today announced the full cast for Funny Girl.
Opening The Production Company’s 2016 Season on 23 July in the State Theatre at Arts Centre Melbourne, Funny Girl features a cast of thirty and an orchestra of twenty-seven.
With a new production on London’s West End and a planned Broadway season, this is the perfect time for
Melbourne to enjoy a new staging of this classic Broadway musical. Caroline O’Connor plays Fanny Brice,
one of the great stars of Broadway’s Ziegfeld Follies. A hundred years on from that golden era, musical
theatre is enjoying unprecedented popularity both on Broadway and here in Melbourne.
Last week in the United States, Caroline opened in the new Broadway-bound musical, Anastasia (her third
Broadway show) with Variety describing her performance in the role of Lily as ‘marvelous’. Sensational
Australian tenor, David Hobson, makes his debut with The Production Company as the handsome and
debonair gambler, Nick Arnstein. Australian theatre legend, Nancye Hayes, is Mrs. Brice. Returning from
Los Angeles is David Ross Paterson to play the role of the great Florenz Ziegfeld. Joining this stellar lineup
are Greg Stone, Susan-ann Walker, Luke Alleva and Judith Roberts.
Award winning Director, Gale Edwards leads the outstanding creative team. Musical Director,
Anthony Gabriele returns from London’s West End following seasons of The Phantom of the Opera,
The Lion King and Cats. The Choreographer is Kelley Abbey and designs are by Tim Chapel (costumes),
Shaun Gurton (sets) and System Sound.
With music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, the incredible score includes the unforgettable hits
Don’t Rain On My Parade, People and I’m The Greatest Star.
All performances will feature The Production Company Orchestra.
The production is sponsored by ANZ.
All tickets for Funny Girl are on sale at Arts Centre Melbourne and Ticketmaster
Adult Tickets start at just $42, Under 18’s at $21.
Full details of the cast including biographies on Caroline O’Connor,
David Hobson, Nancye Hayes, Gale Edwards, Kelley Abbey and Anthony Gabriele follow.