Northport Music Theater will present “Funny Girl” as its summer production, featuring music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart from Lennart’s original. The musical will presented Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 3:30 p.m., July 20 through 29 at NMT, 851 Atlantic Highway/Route 1.

The show stars local area favorite Audra Curtis as Fanny Brice and Portland singer and actor John U. Robinson as Nick Arnstein, with Jay Rosenberg as Eddie Ryan and Irene Dennis as Mrs. Brice. Direction is by Tobin Malone, music direction is by Ruth Gelsinger, costume design is  by Phyllis Gibson and lighting design by Jay Rosenberg. The production will be accompanied by a seven-piece orchestra featuring Joani Mitchell, piano; Glen Sargent, woodwinds; S. Camille Pierce, oboe; Michelle Dempsey, violin; Mary Cuskelly, cello; Craig Ouellette, trumpet; and Tony Shay, drums. Other players in the acting ensemble include Sonia Vasquez, Richard Tourigny, Jessica Moore, Christine West, Blair Einstein, John Gelsinger, Marina Macho, David Ruberti and Anna Rich.

“Funny Girl” is the road-to-stardom story of legendary entertainer Fanny Brice, from her start in a Brooklyn music hall to her meteoric rise as a headliner in the Ziegfeld Follies. While her career soars, she falls in love with charming gambler Nick Arnstein, just as his own lucky streak is running out. ”Funny Girl” is an irresistible backstage drama, a heartbreaking romance and a classic musical comedy filled with unforgettable songs such as “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” “The Music That Makes Me Dance” and the iconic hit “People.”

“Funny Girl” originally opened on Broadway on March 26, 1964 at the Winter Garden Theatre and played for 1,348 performances. It was a hit on national tour and in London and was adapted to the screen for the popular 1968 movie version, but has not played Broadway since the original production closed in 1967.

Tickets are $25 for evenings and $20 for matinees. A $15 day-of-show ticket is available by calling 338-8383 on show days between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., while supplies last.

Northport Music theater is a small, intimate summer musical theater that produces contemporary American musical theater and provides summer camps for local students.  The theater seats 128 people, has general admission seating only, is air conditioned and is handicapped accessible. NMT applied for charitable organization status in December of 2011 and is awaiting approval in 2012. For more information about supporting NMT, the summer musical theater camps, show dates and times, or to purchase tickets online, visit northportmusictheater.com or call to make a reservation.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.