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July 3, 2014

Open Eye to present Fanny Brice musical

The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville will present “One Night with Fanny Brice” starring Patricia Dell in a solo musical by Chip Deffaa showcasing the life a well-known performers of the first part of the 20th century. Performances will be July 10 to 20. 

According to a media release, “Through stories and music of her life and career from Brooklyn to Baby Snooks, audiences will meet the fascinating and complicated woman known to all as Fanny Brice. They’ll learn how her music and comedy dazzled the crowds who came to the great extravaganzas of The Ziegfeld Follies — and dazzled the men in her life.

Brice, born Fania Borach, was a burlesque singer who became one of the highest paid performers in the country as a performer with the Ziegfeld Follies. The show features songs such as “You Made Me Love You,” “Rose of Washington Square,” “Be My Baby Bumble Bee,” “My Man,” “Second Hand Rose” and “Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home,” tracing the story of Brice’s personal life and career. 

Director is Amie Brockway. Kent Brown is music director and accompanist. Nat Thomas has designed the set and costumes. Erwin Karl is lighting designer, and co-stage managers are Allegra Condon and Judy Bloom.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. July 10, 11, 12, 18 and 19, and at 3 p.m. July 13 and 20. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for those up to age 25. The theater is at 960 Main St. in Margaretville. For reservations and information on priority seating, call (845) 586-1660, email or visit  

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