Singer, songwriter and one-time teenage pop sensation, Debbie Gibson is set to star in a 30-city U.S. tour of Funny Girl -- the such tour of the musical since the original Broadway show closed nearly 30 years ago.
Gibson says she's always had a passion for musical theatre. She got her chance to pursue that in recent years by debuting as Eponine in Broadway's Les Miserables as well as performing in the first national tour of Grease! as Rizzo.
Gibson will portray Fanny Brice, the legendary star of the Ziegfeld Follies, a role the late Jule Styne requested she auditioned for. "This is a dream come true." exclaims Gibson. "I've been using 'Don't Rain on My Parade' as an audition song since I was 8 years old and I relate so much to the life of Fanny Brice."
Lyricist Bob Merrill, the only member of the Funny Girl writing team still living, provided director Sammy Dallas Bayes with some new material -- which he and legendary composer Jule Styne created over an eight-year period. The original score includes "People," "Don't Rain on My Parade," "Sadie, Sadie" and "I'm the Greatest Star."
The tour will start in Pittsburgh Oct. 1, 1996 and will stop in 30 North American cities. -- By Katia Lundy