Photo by Don Kellogg

Sunday, March 27, 2011

One Night with Fanny Brice

An educational and entertaining evening all rolled up into one.  I mean, who hasn't seen Funny Girl?  Fanny Brice was quite a gal in her time - funny, spirited, spoke her  mind, and entertained us all for many years.

Chip Deffaa has turned her life into a one-woman show now playing at St. Luke's Theatre on West 46th Street.  If I had to guess, he probably knows quite a bit more about her life than we saw on stage - and at that it was quite a long and detailed bio-piece.  Kimberly Faye Greenberg takes on the larger than life role and dominates the stage the entire evening.  Fanny certainly wasn't shy - and neither is Ms. Greenberg - hitting all the highs and lows of Fanny's life in this musical walk down memory lane.   All said, there are 25 musical numbers and even more anecdotes and tid-bits to keep everyone engaged.  Whether you know much about Fanny Brice or not, the show is well worth the price of admission.

And don't worry about the ghosts.  She's got some protection for that too.