Kimberly Faye Greenberg to Bring 'FABULOUS FANNY BRICE' to 54 Below Next Month
In this intimate "Fanny Brice" solo show, Kimberly shares her extensive research not as another tribute, but to personally reveal Fanny's heart and humor, soul and song. Look into the life and relationships of the legendary Fanny Brice, greatest Jewish singing comedienne of her time and inspiration for the musical "Funny Girl."
Along the way, you'll hear the familiar tunes "My Man", "Second-Hand Rose", "Rose of Washington Square", "Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love", "When a Women Loves A Man", "Sadie Salome", and many more that sparked Fanny's fame. Brian Childers (Danny & Sylvia, Love Quirks) directs the performance; Justin Boccitto (Dance/Speak: The Life of Agnes De Mille, One Night With Fanny Brice) will provide choreography; Jeff Biering (Danny & Sylvia, Naked Boys Singing) will serve as musical director; and, piano accompaniment will be provided by Julianne B. Merrill (Allegro). The creative team includes costume designer Ryan Mattheiu Smith (Adventures of Sweet Yellow); creative consultant, Kimberly Rehfuss (Broadway's Taboo); management, The Bohemia Group; and, booking agent, MainStage Artists.
"Kimberly has the vivacity and voice of Fanny Brice", says the New York Times, with The Associated Press declaring her a "Warm, Sassy Diva!" Most notably, Kimberly is the first and only actress ever to star in two legitimate Off-Broadway musicals at the same time with leading roles in Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical (as Sylvia Fine, a role she played for over three years), and the solo show One Night with Fanny Brice (receiving a Patrick Lee IBTA Best Solo Performance Award nomination amongst fellow nominees, John Leguizamo, Michael Shannon and Michael Birbiglia).
Like her own personal muse, Kimberly will once again portray Fanny Brice in the Broadway-bound musical Ghostlight (ghostlightthemusical.com) by Matthew Martin and Wunderkind's Tim Realbuto. She has been involved in the workshop and reading stages of Ghostlight for several years, and originated the role in the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) production at The Signature Theatre in 2011.
As the creator and star of her touring solo show Fabulous Fanny, Kimberly has played numerous venues including the Jewish Museum of Monmouth County, Freeport Concert Association and as part of the 10th Anniversary Season of Group Theatre Too in NYC (for a full listing, visit fabulousfannybriceshow.com).
Quickly becoming the "go-to" gal for Fanny, Kimberly has guest-starred as Brice at the Wit's End in NYC, Cabaret Today, The Lunch and Judy Show, Spotlight, Ginger New York, The Sissy Gamache Show, and many more. Ms. Greenberg is sought out for her in-depth Brice perspective, with interviews and articles published in various circuits including the vintage nouveau Zelda Magazine.
Bwaytunes.com called Kimberly's newly released Fabulous Fanny cast album an "effervescent toast to Fanny Brice", and has featured it among the New and Recommended CDs, as well as on its Top 5 Best of 2014 "Less Mainstream" releases. The Examiner called it a "must have CD" and American Theater Web called it "superb" stating that "it resurrects tunefully and hysterically so many of the songs that Brice performed." With musical accompaniment and additional arrangements by Christopher McGovern (Backwards in High Heels) and two never-before-released songs from her upcoming Broadway show Ghostlight, the CD received over 200,000 plays in its first month on Pandora. You may download or stream your own copy on all the major music sites.
A graduate of University of California, Irvine, Kimberly has also performed in 50+ leading roles across the United States, in national tours, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, regional theaters, cabarets, cruise ships and theatre for young audiences. She most recently starred in the New York (and American) premiere of the hit West End musical transfer Lift Off-Off Broadway with Beautiful Soup Theatre Collective at The Richmond Shepard Theatre. TV/Film credits include: The WB's Charmed; Between The Lions (PBS); Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB); ER (NBC); and, The Singing Biologist (Starring Imani Coppola). Her television and online hosting credits include: Broadwayblogspot.com, the documentary Secrets of Broadway (Emmy Award Winning Producer/Director Len Stone) alongside a bevy of Broadway talents including Drama Desk Award winner Donna Lynne Champlin and nine episodes of the educational TV series Personal Best.
Behind the scenes Kimberly also works as a Broadway wardrobe dresser swing (over 17 Broadway shows including, most recently, Cinderella, Side Show, and Cabaret) and is the Executive Producer/Creator of the aforementioned educational Broadway website Broadwayblogspot.com.
For more information on Kimberly, visit: www.kimberlyfayegreenberg.com and for more information on Fabulous Fanny: The Songs And Stories Of Fanny Brice, visit: www.fabulousfannybriceshow.com. And to experience the closest you'll ever get to seeing the legendary Fanny Brice live on stage, visit 54 Below on February 12th to witness Ms. Greenberg transform right in front of your eyes.
Fabulous Fanny: The Songs and Stories plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street, NYC) on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 7:00pm. There is a $25-$35 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Premium tickets are currently available for $60. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00pm are available by calling (646) 476-3551.
54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. The venue provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54th Street, 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$95.