Sheridan Smith brings her unique vocals and phenomenal performance as Fanny Brice to the London cast recording of the critically-acclaimed West End production of Funny Girl, to be released on Decca Records on 5th August.
Together with Darius Campbell and the London cast, Smith delivers her much lauded performances of some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including People, You Are Woman, I Am Man and Don’t Rain on My Parade – perfectly captured on this recording for all to experience.
BAFTA and multi Olivier Award-winner Sheridan Smith OBE has earned rave reviews for her sensational performance in the musical – with the Evening Standard declaring that she “triumphantly reinvents Brice for a new generation of musical theatre lovers”.
This musical tells the fascinating and bitter-sweet life story of the Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability saw her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star, and her tempestuous relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein.
With music by one of America’s all-time great songwriters, Jule Styne (‘GentlemenPreferBlondes’, ‘Gypsy’), lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart, the musical first opened on Broadway in 1964, transferring to London in 1966. Michael Mayer’s new production of Funny Girl, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Landis Productions and Chocolate Factory Productions is currently playing at the Savoy Theatre until 8 October, following its record-breaking run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the original London production of ‘Funny Girl’, so what better way to celebrate the legendary musical than with a new album to capture the sound of the show – and its remarkable leading lady – for years to come.
FUNNY GIRL – Tracklisting
1. OVERTURE – Orchestra
2. IF A GIRL ISN’T PRETTY – Gay Soper, Marilyn Cutts, Valda Aviks, Maurice Lane, Joel Montague, Company
3. I’M THE GREATEST STAR – Sheridan Smith
4. CORNET MAN – Sheridan Smith, Philip Bertioli, Luke Fetherston
5. HIS LOVE MAKES ME BEAUTIFUL – Philip Bertioli, Sheridan Smith, Company
6. I WANT TO BE SEEN WITH YOU TONIGHT – Sheridan Smith, Darius Campbell
7. HENRY STREET – Valda Aviks, Marilyn Cutts, Gay Soper, Company 8. PEOPLE – Sheridan Smith
9. YOU ARE WOMAN, I AM MAN – Darius Campbell, Sheridan Smith
10. DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE – Sheridan Smith
11. SADIE, SADIE – Sheridan Smith, Darius Campbell, Company
12. WHO TAUGHT HER EVERYTHING SHE KNOWS? – Joel Montague, Marilyn Cutts
13. TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENT – Darius Campbell, Philip Bertioli, Luke Fetherston, Matthew Goodgame
14. RAT-TAT-TAT-TAT – Sheridan Smith, Company
15. WHO ARE YOU NOW? – Sheridan Smith, Darius Campbell
16. WHAT DO HAPPY PEOPLE DO? – Sheridan Smith, Company
17. THE MUSIC THAT MAKES ME DANCE – Sheridan Smith
18. FUNNY GIRL/FINALE – Sheridan Smith
19. BOWS – Orchestra, Company
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Book by Isobel Lennart from an original story by Miss Lennart
Revised Book by Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Michael Mayer
Photo: Johan Persson
In other news …
FUNNY GIRL to tour the UK next year
Sheridan Smith’s understudy Natasha J Barnes is the greatest star in FUNNY GIRL
Sheridan Smith takes 2-4 weeks off from FUNNY GIRL due to stress and exhaustion
REVIEW: FUNNY GIRL (Savoy Theatre) ★★★★★