Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sheridan's Funny Girl Could Go to Broadway in Brit Theatre Invasion

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sheridan's Funny Girl Could Go to Broadway in Brit Theatre Invasion

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Byline: News and gossip from the world of entertainment by Alistair Foster Robert Dex Arts Correspondent

THEATRE empire ATG could be paving the way for a new British invasion of the US -- with Funny Girl star Sheridan Smith among the first to benefit.

Its founders Sir Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire recently signed a deal to reopen Broadway's Hudson Theatre, and already own its neighbour the Lyric.

The couple's firm owns more than 40 venues, including the Donmar Warehouse, the Phoenix and the Savoy -- where Funny Girl is due to open in April after a run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Smith, pictured, plays Fanny Brice, the role made famous by Barbra Streisand. Sir Howard said the show -- and Smith -- could go to Broadway. "Nothing is fully decided but it's really a possibility," he said. "One of the things about having theatres on Broadway is we can take great British talent and hit London shows to New York. I've been producing on Broadway since the early Eighties but you are always in someone else's theatre, which has its own restrictions. …

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