Book by Isobel Lennart
Music by Jules Styne
Lyrics by Bob Merril
Directed by John Dalton
October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 1991
Backstage in her dressing room at the New Amsterdam Theatre,
where she is a reigning Ziegfeld star, Fanny Brice sits thoughtfully at her
dressing table. Tonight Fanny's mind is on something more important than
the show. Her husband, Nick Arnstein, will be coming home after serving a
prison sentence. Now she must make a decision about their future.
As she ponders her problem, the sights and sounds of her past come back
to her. First, she remembers herself as a stagestruck teenager; awkward,
unattractive but fiercely determined to get ahead in the theatre.
Using her best efforts Fanny's sharp-tongued but sympathetic mother tries
to make her come to her senses, but Fanny continues to audition and get turned
down. Finally Fanny overwhelms a vaudeville hoofer with her iron will to
succeed and her unshakable self-confidence. He agrees to coach her in singing
and dancing, and they spend time practicing routines. At last she is given a
chance; of course she wows the audience.
Fanny is quickly smitten by Nick Arnstein, an elegant man, who has come
to the theatre to pay off a gambling debt. She has little time for mooning
over him because producer Florenz Ziegfeld has sent her a telegram offering
her a spot in his current Follies. Fanny is a hit in her first Ziegfeld
appearance, and Nick is coincidently on hand to offer congratulations.
He goes with Fanny to her mother's opening night block party on Henry Street.
Some months later they meet again. This time they're in Baltimore and they
enjoy a private dinner at an exclusive restaurant. That does it.
Fanny cannot leave Nick ever again. At the railroad station where the
Follies company is to board a train for Chicago and Nick one for New York,
Fanny decides to leave the company and follow her love. She feels this is
her one chance for happiness and is determined not to let anything stand
in her way.
Fanny and Nick are married and move into a mansion on Long Island.
During rehearsals of a new Follies, Nick approaches Ziegfeld backstage
about investing money in a gambling casino he plans to build in Florida.
Ziegfeld declines, but Fanny insists on putting up the necessary capital.
Fanny's opening night of the new show is ruined by Nick's failure to appear.
After the performance he comes to her dressing room and tells her that his
casino venture has failed and she has lost her money.
She tries to treat the bad news lightly and not make Nick feel even worse,
but Nick feels Fanny is making light of his ventures and complains that she
treats him like a child. For the first time Fanny begins to have doubts
about their relationship. Now she anonymously tries to put up money for
him in another venture. But when he finds out about this, he becomes incensed;
he is not comfortable being so dependent on his wife. Out of desperation he
gets involved in a shady bond deal. Nick is soon arrested for embezzlement.
Mrs. Brice makes her daughter take responsibility for her part in what has
The final scene in Fanny's dressing room is a continuation of the
first scene in the play. Nick, just out of prison, enters.
While they still love each other deeply, it is obvious that their marriage
can only bring unhappiness to both of them. Reluctantly, but inevitably,
they part. Fanny courageously resolves to get on with her life.
Produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library.
|Fanny Brice||Deborah Dove|
|John, stage manager||John Dalton|
|Mrs. Brice||Kathy Gann|
|Mrs. Strakosh||Jane Lamb|
|Mrs. Meeker||Sue Gregg|
|Mrs. O'Malley||Janet Calvin|
|Tom Keeney||Bruce Adams|
|Eddie Ryan||Steve Hopkins|
|Nick Arnstein||Bob Docherty|
|Show Girls||Christa Jefferies, Beth Humpert|
|Florenz Ziegfield||Tom Herlocker|
|Jody, lead dancer||April Lynch|
|Mr. Strakosh||Terry Ramsey|
|Mrs. Nadler||April Patton|
|Mrs. Actor||Debbie Lynch|
|Ticket Seller||Terry Ramsey|
|Mr. Renaldi||Matt McCune|
|Sets||Bob Dockerty, John Dalton, Matt McCune, Bruce Adams|
|Painting||April Lynch, Becky Randolph, John Dalton, Bob Dockerty, Christa Jefferies,
Steve Hopkins, Beth Humpert, Janet Calvin, Kendra Bowlby,
Dan Gollub, John Warring|
|Costumes||Deb Parks, Kendra Bowlby, Beth Moore, Debbie Lynch, Jane Lamb,
Pat Swope, Dorothy Rickardson.|
|Costume Coordinator||Deborah Dove|
|Running Crew||Winfiedl H.S. Drama Dept|
|Road Sign||Bob Dockerty|
|House Manager||Ann Durbin|
|Ticket Sales||Smyer's Travel, Winfield|
|Accompanists||Judy Ramsey, Karl Smykil|
|Piano Assistant||Kandi Pool|