In Conversation With... Rachel Izen | Funny Girl | Interview

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Rachel Izen has starred in a number of shows on the West End, Broadway and on tour. Recently, Rachel played Mrs Brice in the UK tour of Funny Girl, which follows Fanny Brice on her journey from wannabe actress to reknowned performer. Funny Girl was recently screened at cinemas, Rachel talked to us about the show and how a filmed version breathes new life into it...

Can you tell us a little bit about your experience playing Mrs Brice in Funny Girl?

This was a very personal experience as I identified Fanny and Rose’s relationship to that of my own.

Funny Girl is a much loved story and show, do you think this filmed version will bring new life to the show and welcome a new audience to it?
This version is heart felt and explores successful women’s turmoil trying to balance career and personal life, so very current today.

What's your favourite memory from your time in Funny Girl?
Dancing to the overture in the wings every show.

Can you sum up Funny Girl in 5 words?
Luckiest people in the world!

If you could bring any other shows which you've been a part of to screen, which would you choose? 
The Witches of Eastwick

If you had a magic wand, what would you do next in your career?
I would love to tv series filmed in front of a live audience recreating my favourite musical theatre moments.

What's your top piece of advice for aspiring performers? 
 Be a sponge. See everything, listen to everything, be practical, take classes. Just because you may have gained a degree and acquired an agent doesn’t mean the world owes you a living.

Thanks so much to Rachel for chatting with us. 

Interview by Editor, Olivia Mitchell


  1. s for sharing the article, and more importantly, your personal experience mindfully using our emotions as data about our inner state and knowing when it’s better to de-escalate by taking a time out are great tools. Appreciate you reading and sharing your story since I can certainly relate and I think others can to