Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Book by Isobel Lennart from an original story by Miss Lennart
Stage Direction by Brian Kelly
Musical Direction by Brendan Kenney
Choreography by Katie Alexander
The Concord Players is excited to open its 100th season with the 1964 classic, Funny Girl. Auditions will be held at 51 Walden on May 8 and 9 at 7 PM with callbacks on May 12 at 6 PM. Actors should sign up for one slot and prepare 16-32 bars of a song from musical theater in the style of the show, but NOT FROM Funny Girl. The initial audition will consist only of a singing audition. Movement and acting auditions will happen at the callback.
Please, fill out the Audition Sheet and bring with you to the auditions.
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Rehearsals will begin in late August or early September 2019 and be Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings with some Fridays.
Performances are November 8. 9, 10 (matinee), 15, 16, 17 (matinee), 22 and 23, 2019.
Synopsis From Stageagent.com:
The greatest star, the ultimate people person…. the story of beloved comedienne Fanny Brice begins with her irrepressible youth in New York’s Lower East Side, where the stage-struck teenager clowns her way through burlesque and vaudeville, with dreams of making it big. despite the discouragement of her friends and neighbors, who tell her that she isn’t pretty enough for the stage. Fanny, with her powerhouse voice and incredible ambition, knows better. After meeting Nick Arnstein, a handsome and charismatic gambling man with a gentle side, Fanny immediately falls in love. And with her big break in the Ziegfeld Follies on the horizon, the stardom she has always longed for is within her grasp. Her only problem….. the elusive Nick Arnstein, ignorant of her affection, is always leaving town on some “business” venture. After a romantic meeting in Baltimore, Nick and Fanny finally confess their feelings, and Fanny boldly abandons the Follies to follow Nick across the ocean. When Nick wins a bankroll, the newly-wealthy couple happily marry. No honeymoon lasts forever, though, and Fanny has to choose between the brilliant show business career she loves, or the adored husband who increasingly resents her success. A triumphant story of starry success and a bittersweet story of love, Jule Styne and Bob Merrill’s Funny Girl is a musical theatre classic which celebrates the exuberant and elegant flavor of Broadway in the 1910s and 20s and the comic genius of Fanny Brice. Featuring such beloved songs as “People”, “Don’t Rain on My Parade”, and “Sadie, Sadie.”
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Fanny (Lead): Female, 20s-early 30s; Mezzo-Soprano
entertainer from New York’s lower east side, quirky, fearless, comedic finesse, acting range from impassioned teen to major star, good mover.
Mrs. Brice (Supporting): Female, 50-60; Mezzo-Soprano
tough Brooklyn/Jewish mother, dry funny.
Nick Arnstein (Lead): Male, 30-40; Baritone
a gambler and the love of Fanny’s life, suave, sophisticated, and charming; must have a strong middle range voice, baritone.
Eddie Ryan (Supporting): Male, 25-35; Tenor
a song and dance man and Fanny’s closest friend, good comic timing, bright, energetic, sincere; must be a strong singer/dancer who taps.
Mrs. Strakosh (Supporting): Female, 40-60; Mezzo-Soprano
Mrs. Brice’s poker playing crony, strong, shrill yet funny.
Mrs. Meeker (Supporting): Female, 40-60; Mezzo-Soprano/Alto
another of Mrs. Brice's cohorts, a comedienne.
Mrs. O'Malley (Supporting): Female, 40-60; Mezzo-Soprano/Alto
the 4th in Mrs. Brice's quartet of friends; Irish accent.
Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. (Supporting): Male, 60s; Spoken
the famed Broadway producer, elegant and distinguished, imposing, resonant, distinguished, the producer of the Ziegfeld follies; this is a non-singing, non–dancing role.
Tom Keeney (Supporting): Male, 40-60
a tough Vaudeville producer who gives Fanny her first break.
Emma (Supporting): Female, 25-40
Fanny’s dresser and confidante, the voice of reason, meek yet strong; may double in the ensemble.
Mr. Renaldi (Supporting): Male, any age
a theatrical agent, Urbane; strong acting skills, must double in the ensemble.
Ziegfeld Tenor (Supporting): Male, 20-30; Tenor
sings "The Most Beautiful Bride In The World," high production style tenor.
Ensemble Men and Women: all ages
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