‘Funny Girl’ to Take the Susquehanna University Stage
Published on October 24, 2011
Susquehanna University’s Department of Theatre will present “Funny Girl” Nov. 3–5 and Nov. 11–12 at 8 p.m., with matinee performances Nov. 5–6 at 2:30 p.m., at the university’s Degenstein Center Theater.
With a book by Isobel Lennart, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, “Funny Girl” premiered on Broadway in 1964. The semiautobiographical musical tells the story of entertainer Fanny Brice and her romance with gambler Nick Arnstein. Brice’s career took her from comedienne to vaudeville star. In The Ziegfeld Follies, in Hollywood films and on the radio, she was one of the most celebrated entertainers of her time.
“Funny Girl” played for 1,348 performances on Broadway at the Winter Garden, Majestic and Broadway theatres and starred the incomparable Barbra Streisand. Musical numbers include “I'm the Greatest Star,” “I Want to Be Seen With You Tonight,” “Don't Rain on My Parade,” “People,” “The Music That Makes Me Dance,” “Who Are You Now?” and “You Are Woman, I Am Man.”
Director Doug Powers, associate professor of theatre, focuses on the element of memory in the play, juxtaposing the glamour with the messy realities of show business. “I think it’s a classic showbiz story with a twist.” he said.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for non-SU students. They can be purchased by visiting the university box office or calling 570-372-ARTS Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.
Karen M. Jones