Griffin and Osetek Direct Sheperd in Chicago Funny Girl, Beginning New Year's Eve

News   Griffin and Osetek Direct Sheperd in Chicago Funny Girl, Beginning New Year's Eve Gary Griffin, the busy Chicago director also known for staging Broadway's The Color Purple, co-directs a new production of the showbiz musical romance Funny Girl, launching Dec. 31 at Drury Lane Oakbrook in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.
Sara Sheperd and Paul Anthony Stewart
Sara Sheperd and Paul Anthony Stewart

The 1964 Broadway show about stage star Fanny Brice is co-directed by Drury Lane artistic director William Osetek and features Sara Sheperd as Fanny. Sheperd recently appeared in Broadway's Cry-Baby and in the national tour of Legally Blonde, the Musical.

Emmy Award-nominated actor Paul Anthony Stewart plays Nick Arnstein. He appeared as Perchik in Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof and as Christian in Cyrano on Broadway.

Funny Girl, which has a score by composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill, and a book by Isobel Lennart, opens Jan. 7 and runs through March 7 in the suburban Chicago theatre.

Known for its muscular score, including the song "Don't Rain On My Parade," "People" and "I'm the Greatest Star," the musical chronicles Fanny's fortunes as she rises from humble Lower East Side beginnings to the heights of stardom in vaudeville and the Ziegfeld Follies during World War I.

The cast also includes Catherine Smitko as Mrs. Brice, Marc Grapey as Florenz Ziegfeld, Jameson Cooper as Eddie Ryan, Iris Lieberman as Mrs. Strakosh, Tammy Mader as Emma, Mary Mulligan as Mrs. O'Malley, David New as Mr. Renaldi, Holly Stauder as Mrs. Meeker and ensemble members Michael Accardo, Anne Acker, Adrian Aguilar, Gary Carlson, Dan Collins, Jarret Ditch, Ariane Dolan, Patrick Gagnon, Kent Haina, Nicole Hren, Katie Patton, Megan Simmons, Joey Stone, Erin Thompson and Zach Zube. This Funny Girl has choreography by Matt Raftery and musical direction will be by Ben Johnson. The creative team includes set designer Jack Magaw, costume designer Elizabeth Flauto, lighting designer Jesse Klug, sound designer Ray Nardelli and properties designer Michelle Warner.

For reservations and information, phone (630) 530-0111 or contact TicketMaster.com at (800) 745-3000. You may also visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.

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