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What an incredible experience it was, it’s been a year since I worked on creating gowns for Funny Girl The Musical in Concert by Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

It was my gorgeous friend and one of the stars of the show “Funny Girl“, Verity Hunt-Ballard, who introduced me to the director Mitchell Butel & the possibility of being a part of such a production at the Sydney Opera House. I have to say it is one of my all-time momentous highlights as a designer.

Of course I jumped at the opportunity to prove my ability to create whatever was required, hopped on a flight to Sydney for dress fittings with the awesome cast, sat through a rehearsal and just observed for the day, then back to Melbourne and worked fast creating blue toned gowns. I just couldn’t wait to see it all come together on the grand Opera House stage.

Having this experience working with Australia’s most celebrated performers was so personally rewarding, a validation to self that really anything is possible. Mitchell Butel was a dream to work with, his calm nature is admirable. As you can imagine there is a huge amount of pressure and stress on a directors shoulders but managed every situation eloquently.

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The best part of it all was having my kids a part of the behind the scenes action in preparation of opening night. We spent the day with the cast as I was adding finishing touches to the outfits. The views of the Sydney Harbour from Caroline O’Connor’s dressing room were amazing.

I Hope the show returns, crossing fingers for it to be in Melbourne next. Till then in my household we’ll keep singing out ‘Nicky Arnstein, Nicky Arnstein…’

Follow through to photo gallery and article I recently found reviewing this fabulous show.

So what’s next? I am thrilled to be working with Caroline O’Connor once again, designing her gowns for the unmissable national tour of ‘From Broadway to La Scala’. Tickets available now!

For more about the show and cast, read the article below

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Stage Concert of FUNNY GIRL Breaks The Mold Of Traditional Musical Theatre In Many Brilliant Ways

BWW REVIEW: The Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Stage Concert of FUNNY GIRL Breaks The Mold Of Traditional Musical Theatre In Many Brilliant Ways

Concert versions of musicals are not new but presenting 12 performers as the same leading lady is. Director Mitchell Butel has gathered a wonderful group of women, and one man, to deliver a captivating expression of the life of Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL THE MUSICAL, presented in concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Butel returns to present a wonderful interpretation of Jules Styne (Music), Bob Merrill(Lyrics) and Isobel Lennart‘s (Book) semi-biographical musical FUNNY GIRL. The story of the unusual Jewish singer, actress and comedienne from New York premiered on Broadway in 1964 and was adapted for screen in 1968 and is credited with being the starting point of it’s stage and screen star Barbra Streisand‘s fame.

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