Musical Review: ‘Funny Girl’ is entertaining at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre

Kurt Csolak, Julie Benko and Justin Prescott in "Funny Girl." (photo courtesy)

Detroit — “Funny Girl,” the hit Broadway musical, is here in Detroit at the Fisher Theater for a two-week engagement starting September 26 and ending on October 8.

This is a story of comedienne Fanny Brice (Katerina McCrimmon), a young, ambitious woman from the lower east side of New York with dreams of becoming a star.  Everyone told her she’s not pretty enough and that she would never make it as a star.

Fanny started her career in vaudeville and then is hired by Mr. Ziegfeld (Walter Coppage) to sing in the Ziegfeld Follies revue.  On opening night, she turns a wedding-themed number into a funny comedy bit by coming on stage as a pregnant bride.  The audience loved it.  Mr. Ziegfeld was roaring mad but was convinced that if the audience loved it, he was ok with it.

During this time, Brice meets this gorgeous man with the white ruffled shirt, Nick Arnstein (Stephen Mark Lucas) who is a compulsive gambler.  The two eventually marry and he becomes jealous of her success. 

Their marriage becomes rocky.  A fraudulent bond deal ensues and he eventually becomes broke and is imprisoned for embezzlement for three years.  Upon his release from prison, he stops by her dressing room and they both agree to part. 

There were several musical numbers that are recognizable such as:  “People,”  “Don’t Rain on my Parade,” and “Who are you now?”

The choreography was great as well as the costumes which were from the 1920’s era.  There was a 15-minute between the two acts.  The show lasted two hours and 45 minutes.  The show was lively and very entertaining.

The Fisher Theatre is located at 3011 W. Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI and showtimes are as follows:

  • Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m.    
  • Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.     
  • Sunday evening performance at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets can be purchased online at, or in person at the Fisher Theater Box Office.

video by “Funny Girl” on Broadway

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