Ovation West Musical Theatre presents
Book by Isobel Lennart
Music and Lyrics by Julie Styne and Bob Merrill Directed by Timothy Kennedy Musical Direction by Christine Gaudreau Choreography by Rachael McWilliams Lessard
Ovation West Musical Theatre presents “Funny Girl” September 14 through October 7 at Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen, CO, 80439. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 Adults; $26 seniors (62+), $20 Youth (18 and under), $25 groups of 10 or more and available by phone 303-674-4002 or online at www.ovationwest.org.
“Funny Girl” is based on the life story of Ziegfeld sensation and comedian Fanny Brice, from her start in vaudeville and burlesque to her romance with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein and success on stage and in film. The show was produced by Brice’s son-in-law Ray Stark, a prolific film producer in post-war Hollywood who commissioned a book about her; he went through several writers and a version of the story before selecting Isobel Lennart’s. Originally titled “My Man,” Julie Styne and Bob Merrill wrote the music and lyrics. The musical debuted on Broadway in 1964 and was the star vehicle for Barbra Streisand who became known for the shows classic songs “People Who Need People” and “Don't Rain on My Parade.” “Funny Girl” was recently revived in London and won an award for Best Revival of a Musical.
This is the first musical theatre production of the 2018-19 season for Ovation West Performing Arts, formerly known as the Evergreen Chorale, and the first that is being presented under their new organizational name. Stage director Timothy Kennedy is back for his fifth production working alongside music director Christine Gaudreau and choreographer Racheal McWilliams Lessard. In addition, the production team includes costume designer Davis Sibley, set designer Biz Schaugaard, and lighting designer Brian Billings and sound designer Scott Messler. Kennedy, Gaudreau, Sibley and Schaugaard were all recognized in 2016 and 2017 by BroadwayWorld Denver for their work on the Evergreen Chorale productions of “My Fair Lady” and the regional premiere of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, which also was chosen by BWW Denver as best musical in 2017.