Funny Girl, currently playing at London’s Savoy Theatre, has been the cause of a great deal of hype since it opened in April. For a show that has been heavily revered by a lot of critics, I was slightly surprised that the production didn’t completely explode onto stage; it was a pleasant, but very gentle show. However, the performance of Natasha J Barnes, who has been covering the principal role of Fanny Brice in the absence of Sheridan Smith, raised the show to a level of real excellence. The silver lining around the cloud of Smith’s absence is that Barnes has been given a much deserved opportunity to absolutely shine, and she really does fill the stage with life, and energy. The show completely revolves around Barnes, and she makes the character of Fanny Brice so interesting, and engaging, that I would defy anybody to be unimpressed by the production.
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