Norman, Ackerman, Blackman, Austin, Evans and More Will Join Brinberg in Funny Girl Concert

News   Norman, Ackerman, Blackman, Austin, Evans and More Will Join Brinberg in Funny Girl Concert
 
Additional casting has been announced for the one-night-only benefit performance of the Jule Styne musical Funny Girl, which will be presented July 11 at the Paramount Theatre on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ.
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Directed and choreographed by Connor Gallagher and music directed by John Fischer, the 8 PM performance will feature the previously announced Barbra Streisand impersonator Steven Brinberg as Fanny Brice, the role created by Barbra Streisand.

Brinberg will be joined onstage by Grant Norman (Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast) as Nicky Arnstein, Loni Ackerman (Evita, Cats) as Mrs. Brice, Nicola Blackman (West End's Mutiny!, Destry Rides Again) as Mrs. Strakosh, Ivy Austin as Mrs. Meeker, Laura Jordan (Cry-Baby) as Mrs. O'Malley, Claybourne Elder (Road Show) as Eddie Ryan, Harvey Evans (Sunset Boulevard, Oklahoma) as Florenz Ziegfeld, Gene Castle (original Broadway productions of Gypsy and George M) as Mr. Keeney and Bill Coyne as the Ziegfeld Tenor.

Stage and screen star Lainie Kazan, who was Barbra Streisand's understudy in the original Broadway production of Funny Girl, will kick off the evening with a few stories about her Funny experiences and a rendition of "The Music That Makes Me Dance."

The creative team includes Dawn von Suskil (scenic design), Brian Tovar (lighting design) and David Withrow (costume design).

Funny Girl opened at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre on March 26, 1964, starring Streisand. Its Jule Styne-Bob Merrill score includes such tunes as "Sadie, Sadie," "Don't Rain on My Parade," "I'm the Greatest Star," "The Music That Makes Me Dance," "Who Are You Now?" and the show's anthem, "People." Isobel Lennart wrote the book for the musical. Tickets, priced $25-$100, are available by visiting www.ReVisionTheatre.org or by calling (732) 455-3059.

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ReVision Theatre is a non-profit professional regional theatre company dedicated to "producing invigorating theatre with a fresh new perspective reaching the diverse community of Asbury Park and Monmouth County."

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