Hillbarn Theatre Kicks Off 2014-15 Season with FUNNY GIRL Tonight

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Hillbarn Theatre Kicks Off 2014-15 Season with FUNNY GIRL Tonight

Hillbarn Theatre, the Peninsula's premier community theatre company, kicks off its 2014-15 season opener with one of Broadway's musical theatre cornerstones, Funny Girl.

From the streets of New York's Lower East Side to the bright lights of Broadway, Funny Girl is the enduring and passionate rags-to-riches story of Fanny Brice - one of the most celebrated Vaudeville entertainers. Nominated for eight Tony Awards, Funny Girl takes theatergoers back to the Golden Age of Ziegfeld and the height of burlesque. With music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart, Funny Girl features some of Broadway's most memorable tunes including "Don't Rain on My Parade," "People," "I'm the Greatest Star" and "You Are Woman, I Am Man." Funny Girl will run August 28 - September 21, 2014 at Hillbarn Theatre (1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City).

Performances are Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Press night for Funny Girl will be held on August 29. Single tickets range in price from $23 - $42 and are available now by calling 650.349.6411 ext. 2 or visiting www.hillbarntheatre.org.

Says Hillbarn Theatre Executive Artistic Director Dan Demers: "The 2014-15 Hillbarn Theatre season kicks-off with Funny Girl, the story of an 'ugly duckling' and aspiring Broadway star's journey to find fame and love. One of the most legendary musicals, this show is guaranteed to entertain theatre fans of all ages!

Funny Girl features a cast of 19 actors led by Melissa WolfKlain* as Fanny Brice and William Giammona as Nick Arnstein. Joining them are Rachelle Abbey, Richard Ames, Christine Baker, Justin Buchs*, Jennifer Butler, Becca Carteris, Stephanie Case, Tracy Chiappone, Paige Collazo, Steven Ennis, Matt Gill, Dennis Lickteig, Emily Mannion, Jessica Maxey, Maureen O'Neill, Regina Quigley and Jon Toussaint.

The creative team for Funny Girl, led by director Dan Demers, includes music director Joe Murphy, choreographer James Zongus, scenic designer Kuo-Hao Lo, lighting designer Don Coluzzi, costume designer Lisa Cross, sound designer Alan Chang, hair and makeup designer Dee Morrissey and properties designer A.J. Diggins.

Hillbarn Theatre's 2014-15 season, "A Season of Awakening," will feature three iconic plays and three hit musicals. In addition to Funny Girl, the productions include: The 39 Steps (October 16 - November 2, 2014), Irving Berlin's White Christmas (December 4 - 21, 2014), Amadeus (January 22 - February 8, 2015), Proof (March 12 - 29, 2015) and Curtains (May 7 - 31, 2015). Subscriptions for the six-show season range in price from $72 - $192 and are available by visiting hillbarntheatre.org/subscribe or calling 650.349.6411 ext. 2. *Member of Actors Equity Association

Since 1941, the historic Hillbarn Theatre has served the San Francisco Bay Area by embracing this founding ideal - to create theatre with the community, for the community, striving always for excellence in production and education. Hillbarn has won a Theater Critics Circle Award, was accepted at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, was honored with several mayoral proclamations for excellence in theatrical production and education, received three Dean Goodman Awards for Artistic Excellence, and a Foster City Honors Award for Executive Director Lee Foster.

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