with full orchestra
starring Kristin Dausch of Broadway’s Rising Stars
September 11-20, 2009
at the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall
Lyric Stage, Dallas County’s only locally produced professional musical theater company, presents Jule Styne, Bob Merrill and Isobel Lennart’s FUNNY GIRL September 11-20, 2009 in the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall.
In The Ziegfeld Follies, in Hollywood films and on the radio, Fanny Brice was one of the most celebrated entertainers of her time. Her career spanned from comedienne to Vaudeville star. FUNNY GIRL is her story. To play the role of Fanny Brice, Lyric Stage has cast Kristin Dausch, a June 2009 graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Ms. Dausch was selected to perform in Broadway’s Rising Stars concert at Town Hall in New York City this past July. Cabaret Scenes’ Melody Breyer-Grell declared “There are many that might be ready for Broadway or at least summer stock, but the one I would put my bets on was Kristin Dausch. Singing “Men,” a tune from the failed So Long, 174th Street, she delivered a star turn worthy of Carol Burnett. A truly individual character, with an amusingly put upon and almost bent posture, she belted this tune in a shockingly secure and brilliantly loose performance, making it her own. If this gal does not make it big, then there is no justice.”
Suzanna Bowling of The Times Square Chronicle wrote “My favorite by far was Kristin Dausch, who sang “Men” from “So Long 174th Street” and stole the show. Not only could this talented lady sing, she could act—and it was that quality that made the difference.”
Playing opposite Kristin as Nicky Arnstein will be Christopher Pinnella, last seen at Lyric Stage in his critically acclaimed performance of Billy Bigelow in CAROUSEL. Lois Sonnier Hart is Mrs. Brice and Connie Coit is her friend Mrs. Strakosh. Jeremy Dumont, Action from Lyric Stage’s WEST SIDE STORY, is Eddie Ryan. Nationally syndicated radio talk show host and Fox News contributor Mike Gallagher is vaudeville theater owner Keaney and Mark Oristano is Florenz Ziegfeld. The ensemble includes Mikey Abrams, Lon Barrera, Jillian Brown, Ben Giddings, Carlos Gomez, Alan Hanna, Sarah Harder, Babs Ipaye, Summer Kenney, Carleen Kirksey, Jackie Lengfelder, Jason Mayfield, Joy McKay, Angela Moore, Addison Faith Reed, Alex Ross, Kristi Rowan, Brittany Vance, Jordan Vaughn, Lee Jamison Wadley, Keith Warren and Jane Willingham.
Lyric Stage Founding Producer Steven Jones has reunited director Cheryl Denson and music director/conductor Jay Dias from Lyric’s critically acclaimed productions of SWEENEY TODD, CAROUSEL and THE KING AND I to helm this production of FUNNY GIRL. Like the aforementioned musicals, this production of FUNNY GIRL will feature a full orchestra playing the original Broadway orchestrations. Tracy Jordan will choreograph the production with lighting design by Julie Moroney, scenic design by Bryan Wofford, costume design by Drenda Lewis and sound design by Bill Eickenloff. Margaret J. Soch is the stage manager.
FUNNY GIRL opened at Broadway’s Winter Garden theater on March 26, 1964 and ran for 1,348 performances. Jule Styne’s hit-filled score includes People, I’m the Greatest Star, Don’t Rain on My Parade and The Music That Makes Me Dance. FUNNY GIRL launched Barbara Streisand to super-stardom. Lyric Stage’s production will feature a full orchestra.
FUNNY GIRL runs September 11-20, 2009 at the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall with performances on September 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19 @ 8:00 PM and September 13 & 20 @ 2:30 PM. Tickets, priced from $25-$50, can be Ordered Online by Clicking Here or by calling 972-252-2787.