On Wednesday 29th March we went along to see the performance of Funny Girl at Hanley’s Regent Theatre, and what a performance it was!
The central character in the show is Fanny Brice, a clumsy young performer who is looking for a break into show business. With the help of her friend Eddie she gets the break that she needs and the story follows her ascent in to stardom. Intertwined in her journey is the love story that develops when she’s swept off her feet by businessman Nick Arnstein.
Natasha J Barnes is cast as Fanny Brice and gives a knock out performance to rival Barbra herself! Darius Campbell, the former pop star, gives a smooth and charismatic performance as Nick Arnstein.
The two stars complimented each other magically and their performance was truly wonderful and fabulous to experience.
The staging for the production was exemplary and really made the performance stand out. A particular highlight was the simple but effective backdrop which made you feel that there was another theatre on the other side of the stage.
The live orchestra was magnificent and showcased what musical theatre is all about. Faultless throughout the orchestra brought each song to life in Fanny and Nicks journey.
The supporting cast gave the performance that extra bit of zing. From Fanny’s mum and her friend Eddie they all pulled off a production to rival any that you may see at the West End.
When the show drew to its finale the audience showed it’s appreciation for a wonderful performance but as soon as Natasha took to the stage the entire audience was on its feet to give her the standing ovation she thoroughly deserved. Natasha’s performance had been funny, touching and spine tingling and she deserved every single bit of the applause that the audience gave her.
The show is entertaining, touching and very funny from beginning to end, a real must see!
You can see Funny Girl at The Regent Theatre until 1st April. Tickets for the performance can be purchased at the Box Office, by calling 08448 717 649 or by visiting www.atgtickets.com/stoke.