Think Blackpool think..... The Tower, three piers, Pleasure Beach, Grand Theatre, Winter Gardens and – Funny Girls.
All right, it’s not been around as long as the other Blackpool landmarks and, unlike them, it actually moved lock, stock and lipstick from its original site on Queen Street some time ago to its current art deco splendour on Dickson Road (in the former Odeon building) – but it has carried the resort’s name across the world and back for almost 20 years and continues to boldly go where... well, you get the picture.
Not short of glitter at any time of year, Christmas provides venue’s girls and boys and all things in between an extra chance to dress to impress, let their hair down and kick their legs up with a combination of new routines and more familiar favourites from its back catalogue.
Since its early intimate days every Funny Girls show has provided an opportunity to play “spot the musical” and this year’s pub quiz teasers include Be A Santa (from the long overlooked Broadway musical Subways Are For Sleeping), the tongue twisting Sparkle Jolly Twinkle Jingalee (from Elf but try saying it after a festive drink or two) and Wilomania (from Will Rogers Follies).
This year the hard working cast (Miss Jade, Miss Amber, Ruby, Dynasty, Mark, Dan, Steve and Jack) have gone quite Christmas crazy – there are more big jumpers than The Killing’s Sarah Lund’s wardrobe, a festive tribute to the Puppini/Andrews Sisters and a rather more risque Cascada dance re-mix of Wham’s Last Christmas.
Throw in a comical “fat ballet,” a colourful Country Christmas Medley and a finale which last longer than some shows do and travels a yellow brick road from The Wizard of Oz to Annie and from Mary Poppins to the more modern Mirror Mirror, and you are part way to what’s in store at the town’s most distinctive festive production.
A special mention too for DJ Zoe. From a distance barely looking a day older than opening night and with a tongue sharp enough to cut through any Christmas pudding, she/he has become a Blackpool institution.
The show runs nightly until January 1 (no performances on Mondays or December 24 and 25, special show Monday December 31).