Funny Girl


Date: November 6, 2014 — November 7, 2014
Days & Times:

Wed. at 7pm
Thurs. - Sat. at 8pm
Sun. at 2pm
Sat. Nov. 29 at 2pm
No Perf. Nov. 9, 12, 26 & 27

Music & Lyrics by Bob Merrill & Jule Styne
Book by Isobel Lennart, Jule Styne & Bob Merrill
Directed by Maura Hanlon
Musical Direction by Scott Storr
Choreography by Keith Coughlin
Set Design by Mary Hamrick
Costume Design by Robin McLaughlin
Lighting Design by Herrick Goldman
Props Design by Mary Fritz and Tristan DiVincenzo
Associate Lighting Designer Susan Nicholson
Stage Manager Holly Hansen


Summary

Set in New York in the early 1900s, this is the story of vaudeville, radio, film and theater comedienne, Fanny Brice, from her Brooklyn beginnings as a star-struck Jewish teenager who fast-talked and wisecracked her way into show business, to her turn as the toast of New York, to the unraveling of her personal life. This American classic features the great music of Jule Styne, including the hits “People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”

Cast

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Trish LaRose (Fanny Brice) appeared at Cape Rep in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Durang/Durang, Side Show, Urinetown, The Rose Tattoo, Red Herring, Back in the Day, Dirty Blonde, and Monty Python’s Spamalot. Other credits include the First National Tour of Urban Cowboy, Legally Blonde at North Shore Music Theater, and her one-woman show Trish LaRose is Bulletproof, performed at various venues in NYC and right here at Cape Rep. She attended The Boston Conservatory. Special thanks & love to my fiancé Alex, Mo, Scott, Janine, the cast & crew, Mom & Dad. She’d like to dedicate her performance to Dee Paulini.

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Adam Berry * (Nick Arnstein) is very happy to be making his Cape Rep debut! He is most known for starring in the SyFy Channel original series “Ghost Hunters.” TV credits include “Ghost Hunters,” “Ghost Hunters Academy,” “Anderson Cooper Show,” and “Weekend Today.” Theatrical credits: Roger in RENT, Jamie in The Last Five Years, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar (Peregrine Theatre Ensemble), Floyd Collins, Candide, Working, Gross Indecency, Philadelphia Here I Come, Tick, Tick… BOOM! (Counter-Productions), Shining City (WHAT), The Wild Party (CTEK ARTS), School for Wives and Cloud 9 (Shakespeare on the Cape), The Foggy, Foggy Dew world premiere by Wendy Kesselman (Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival), and The Black Monk by Wendy Kesselman (New Dramatists NYC). Streakin! and Three Short Tenors and a Dead Soprano dir. Steven Yuhasz, Camille dir. Guy Wolf (New Provincetown Players). Hair (Claude) and Bat Boy (Edgar) dir. Tony Jackman (Prov- incetown Theater Company). Other favorites include Elegies for Angels… dir. Bill Russell, The Rivals (O’Trigger), Side Show (Buddy), Into the Woods (Jack), A Chorus Line (Bobby), and Chicago (Mary Sunshine). Adam is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and a member of Actor’s Equity. He performed the music of George and Ira Gershwin with the Boston Pops under the direction of Keith Lockhart and also appeared with Betty Buckley in her Feinstein’s NYC show,
The Other Woman: Vixen’s of Broadway. Adam also serves as the Executive Producer of the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble, a non-profit theatre company located in Provincetown. LOVE to B.M.C! Adam-Berry.com

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Bonnie Fairbanks (Mrs. Brice) is thrilled to make her debut performance at Cape Rep Theatre in Funny Girl. Most recently, Bonnie played Edith Bouvier Beale/Little Edie Beale in Grey Gardens at Cotuit Center for the Arts, where she also appeared in previous productions as the Lady of the Lake in Monty Python’s Spamalot (2013), and as Muriel Eubanks in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2012). Other recent roles include Elizabeth Benning in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, and Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (Falmouth eatre Guild.) Prior to returning to
her native Cape Cod, Bonnie performed extensively in both in the US and Europe, most notably in The Phantom of the Opera in Germany and Switzerland. She studied voice privately and with esteemed faculty at the Boston Conservatory, Boston University, and the Manhattan School of Music.

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Caitlin Mills (Mrs. Strakosh/Various) recently portrayed Jeanne Marie In
Cape Rep’s The Bottom of the Sky by Art Devine and is excited to be back. She received her BFA in Musical Theater from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, CT. Most recent credits at HJT include The Witch in Into the Woods, Sonia in They’re Playing Our Song, Fran Kueblick in Promises Promises, Martha in The Secret Garden, Olive Ostrovsky in Spelling Bee and Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde. When not on stage Caitlin works as a veterinary technician.

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Edward Tolve * (Eddie Ryan) is beyond thrilled to be making his Cape Rep debut! Edward was last seen as Cosmo in The Reagle Theater’s critically-acclaimed production of Singin’ In the Rain in Waltham, MA. National Tours: Teacher From the Black Lagoon...(TheaterWorks USA), Hooray for Hollywood (Spirit Pro- ductions). Regional: White Christmas (Northern Stage), Footloose, A Christmas Carol (Palace Theater, NH), Car Talk: The Musical!!! (URT), Silver Spoon (Nora Theater), Harmony, Kansas (Goodspeed Opera House) and Singin’ In the Rain (New London Barn). Training: BFA in Musical eater from e Boston Conservatory. Edward would like to thank his friends, family, Liz, and Keith Coughlin for their consistent love and support. EdwardTolve.com

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Devon McFadden (Emma) is finishing her Theatre Performance degree at Marymount Manhattan College. Originally from Orleans, Devon has been in productions at various theaters on the Cape. She had the pleasure of playing Hesione in Triumph of Love during her time at Marymount. She performed in the last three Sea Pines revues. Other past performances include The Light in the Piazza, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Speech and Debate (Cape Rep).

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Anthony Teixeira (Florenz Zeigfeld, Jr./ Various) is honored to be performing at Cape Rep, where he was recently seen as Giuseppi in this season’s The Light in the Piazza and Mr. Grumps in Lyle, the Crocodile. He also performed in Mack & Mabel and stage managed Cape Rep’s productions of Good People, Anna Christie, and The Wizard of Oz. Other performances include The Last Five Years, Company, Jacques Brel …, What the World Needs Now, Cabaret, A Grand Night for Singing (Cotuit Center for the Arts), Showtune! (Chatham Drama Guild), Medea, Happy Days, and Frog–A Modern Fairytale ( Theater Under the Stairs). Anthony studied music and theater at the University of Southern Maine and teaches at Cape Cod Collaborative.

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Chelsey Jo Ristaino (Mimsey/Ensemble/ Dance Captain) performed in this season’s production as Pea in Jerusalem, Franca in The Light In the Piazza, Mrs. Primm in Lyle, the Crocodile, and in “Seasons of Love” at the Old Sea Pines Inn. She previously performed in Next to Normal, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Monty Python’s Spamalot. Other credits include Maggie in A Chorus Line, Woman 1 in Closer an Ever, and Shelby in The Spit Fire Grill. Chelsey earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from Montclair State University. Thanks to friends and family for their endless love and support. Special thanks to the cast and crew, Mo, Mom and Seton.

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Zachary Brown (Tom Keeney/Ensemble) is thrilled to be back for his third year at Cape Rep. Previous performances include One Man, Two Guvnors, Monty Python’s Spamalot, 9 Ball, and Dinosaur Pirates from Outerspace. Regional shows include The Producers, Hair,Twelve Angry Men, Lady Be Good, and Aida.

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Meghan Magrath (Mrs. O’Malley/ Ensemble) Past credits at Cape Rep include My Fair Lady, The Emperor’s New Clothes, A Year with Frog and Toad, Steel Pier, Blithe Spirit, and 2011’s Old Sea Pines Inn Dinner Revue. She has also performed as a company singer with Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston (A Little Bit of Ireland, ChristmasTime). In New York, she appeared in The BooVerhaeghe Show (Playroom Theater), and most recently debuted her jazz and rap infused cabaret act, “MegMag,” at Radio Bushwick. Meghan is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama.

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Christopher Sheehan (Follies Tenor/ Ensemble) lives in New York City and is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College in NYC (BA in Theatre Perform ance; Double Minor in Musical Theatre and Religious Studies.) He was most recently seen in the “Broadway by the Year” concert series at Town Hall in NYC as well as “Broadway’s Rising Stars” at Town Hall. Favorite roles include The Mute in The Fantastics! (Merrimack Rep eater), and Agis in Triumph of Love at MMC. He is thrilled to be returning to Cape Rep after playing Henry in Next to Normal last season.


Reviews

Much to sing about in stellar ‘Funny Girl’

“a smashing Cape Rep Theatre production of the 1964 musical about Fanny Brice”  – Debbie Forman, Cape Cod Times

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Irresistible ‘Funny Girl’ at Cape Rep

“Cape Rep Theatre’s production of Funny Girl is nothing short of spectacular…Don’t miss it.” – Debbi Boucher Stetson, The Cape Codder

Funny Girl lights up Cape Rep stage

“Cape Rep Theatre has found its own funny girl. Trish LaRose brightens the Brewster stage in the theater’s first-rate production of the 1964 musical.” –  Johanna Crosby, The Barnstable Patriot

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