“Funny Girl” at Village Theatre

Fanny Brice may not have been a beauty, but she was a talent of enormous appeal, a star in the days of vaudeville and Ziegfeld’s Follies. “Funny Girl” tracks a brief period in her life when her professional career was booming and her love life was doomed. Village Theatre’s revival of this 50 year-old musical, here directed by Steve Tomkins,” lights up the stage with its clever set, lively dance numbers, and extravagant costumes, just as it fills the theatre with its memorable sound.

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Sarah Rose Davis as Fanny Brice and Logan Benedict as Nick Arnstein.
© 2014 Tracy Martin.

Written by Isobel Lennart with music and lyrics by Julie Styne and Bob Merrill it first opened on Broadway in 1964 starring Barbra Streisand, and was an instant hit. Tim Symons and Bruce Monroe are the music directors in this Village production, and Sarah Rose Davis as Fannie belts out the songs with gusto. She is equally capable of wringing poignancy from the lyrics as in her rendition of the all-time favorite “People.” This is a show with quite a few memorable musical numbers—”You Are Woman I am Man,” “Sadie, Sadie,” and “”Don’t Rain on My Parade.”

Logan Benedict as Nick Arnstein, the man she never should have married, the man with a seedy past and an unsavory future, is so suave, so convincing, you understand immediately how she couldn’t resist him.

Don Collins as Florenz Ziegfeld captures his stature and grace. In a company of outstanding dancers, John David Scott as Eddie Ryan, Fannie’s friend and supporter, is remarkable. And if you have any affection for old fashioned, elderly Jewish and Irish New York women, you’re in for a treat with the four in this production.

Through July 6 at Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah, (425 392-2202 or www.VillageTheatre.org

July 11-Aug. 3 at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett, (425 257-8600 or www.VillageTheatre.org

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