So while the show of Fanny Brice has had its stops and starts on its way to Broadway, the 3D Theatricals company in Southern California has taken it on and comes out a winner.
Lead actress Nicole Parker will not make you forget Streisand but she will make you remember her. With great comic timing and a giant voice to match, she captivates the stage and mesmerizes the audience. With she’s after a laugh or a tug at your heart, Parker gets what she wants.
She is aptly supported by Josh Adamson who makes a sexy Nick Arnstein and Jean Kauffman as a terrific Mrs. Brice. Venny Carranza also adds a great deal of talent (and sexiness) to the role of Eddie Ryan, Fanny’s friend and choreographer.
Seldom produced on the stage, it’s great and almost refreshing to see “Funny Girl” live. We’re able to see production numbers that are missing from the movie, including one of the best songs “Coronet Man.” These cut songs also give the ensemble a chance to shine, especially in the dance-heavy “Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat.”
While most of the focus is on Parker, who delivers in spades, the overall production is excellent across the boards – from Michael Matthews inventive direction to the Broadway-level costumes and sets by Cheryl Sheldon and Stephen Gifford, respectfully.
Sorry I wasn’t in Los Angeles sooner to see it when it first opened at the Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton. But it’s not too late as the production moves to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center for Sept. 27-29.
It’s truly a production not to miss. People seeing “Funny Girl” are the luckiest people in the world.
Get tickets and information at www.3dtshows.com.