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ONE NIGHT WITH FANNY BRICE Starring Farah Alvin To Have Its Off-Broadway Premiere




To Have Its Off-Broadway Premiere at St. Luke’s Theatre

Performances Begin March 16 With Opening Night Set For April 3

One Night With Fanny Brice, a new musical play written, arranged, and directed by Chip Deffaa, will make its Off-Broadway debut beginning March 16th at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street (between Eighth & Ninth Avenues).  Opening night is set for Sunday, April 3rd at 7PM. The Off-Broadway production of One Night With Fanny Brice follows highly successful engagements in New Jersey, Virginia, and Connecticut. Justin Boccitto will serve as choreographer, with Musical Direction by Richard Danley. One Night With Fanny Brice is presented Off-Broadway by Edmund Gaynes.

One Night With Fanny Brice chronicles Fanny Brice’a rise from rather humble origins to become an internationally popular entertainer and the highest paid American singing comedienne – a Ziegfeld star equally effective whether putting over a broadly comic number or a dramatic torch song.  A strong, intuitive, street-smart woman, Fanny Brice's life story provided the inspiration for the musical Funny Girl. One Night With Fanny Brice features many of the songs Brice made famous, including “Rose of Washington Square,” “My Man” and “Second Hand Rose.”

Farah Alvin, who was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her co-starring role in the Off-Broadway hit The Marvelous Wonderettes, will star as the legendary entertainer.  Alvin has graced such Broadway shows as Grease, Nine, Saturday Night Fever, and The Look of Love.  The Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout calls Farah Alvin “the best young musical-comedy singer to come along in years.”  In the words of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “Farah Alvin has an absolutely perfect American musical theater voice.”

ASCAP Award-winning writer/director Chip Deffaa has written and directed in New York no less than 5 different shows about George M. Cohan – the most recent being George M. Cohan Tonight!, presented Off-Broadway by the Irish Repertory Theater.  His other shows include The Johnny Mercer Jamboree, Mad About the Boy, The Family that Sings Together, Song-and-Dance Kids, and Theater Boys.  His musical comedy The Seven Little Foys had its world premiere at the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT, and then had its NY premiere at the Fringe Festival.

Performances will be Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2PM, and Sundays at 2 PM and 7PM.  Tickets are $36.50 and $59.50 and are available through 212-239-6200.