Chris Peluso joins Funny Girl tour cast

Chris Peluso will star in the UK and Ireland tour of Funny Girl, alongside Sheridan Smith
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Chris Peluso is to join the cast of Funny Girl when it tours the UK and Ireland this year.

He will perform alongside Sheridan Smith on selected dates, with Natasha J Barnes and Darius Campbell taking the two lead roles for other venues.

Barnes and Campbell both performed in the production at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End.

Smith and Peluso will play Fanny Brice and Nick Arnstein in 12 locations including Manchester, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Southampton and Dublin.

The tour begins on February 18 at the Manchester Palace Theatre, and is currently scheduled to run until July 29.

The cast also includes Nigel Barber, Zoe Ann Bown, Martin Callaghan, Jennifer Harding, Rachel Izem, Joshua Lay and Myra Sands.

Funny Girl has music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and a book by Isobel Lennart, with a revised book by Harvey Fierstein. It is directed by Michael Mayer, with choreography by Lynne Page and design by Michael Pavelka.

The show is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Landis Productions, Chocolate Factory Productions, Dante Di Loreto and Michael Harrison.