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About the showBroadway’s biggest show has arrived on the West End’s biggest stage in 2017, as 42nd Street began performances at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in a vibrant new revival of the classic American fable.
42nd Street is the quintessential backstage musical, the song and dance filled tale of dreaming of stardom on Broadway. It is not the first time the show has been seen at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane either, with its 1984 run receiving huge acclaim and launching the career of the Hollywood star, Catherine Zeta-Jones, who at the time an understudy, became the permanent lead following the illness of the original star and her own critical acclaim.
The story follows a young girl called Peggy Sawyer, who has recently arrived in New York, leaving her small American home town behind her to take the stage in Broadway’s newest show. Despite being just another girl in the chorus line however, when the show’s start gets unfortunately injured, Peggy may get a chance to follow her dream and take centre stage…
This much anticipated new version of 42nd Street has come to London with a high-kicking and all singing cast of over 50 actors, ready to make their mark on the West End’s biggest stage at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Sheena Easton stars in the role of Dorothy Brock alongside a 50 strong cast that also includes Tom Lister as Julian Marsh, Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer, Jasna Ivir as Maggie Jones, Norman Bowman as Pat Denning, Stuart Neal as Billy Lawlor, Graeme Henderson as Andy Lee, Christopher Howell as Bert Barry, Bruce Montague as Abner Dillon, Mark McKerracher as Mac/Doc/Thug and Emma Caffrey as Annie.
The show features all the classic songs from the original such as We’re In the Money, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames, Lullaby of Broadway, I Only Have Eyes for You and the title track itself, 42nd Street.
The production is directed by Mark Bramble, who was the original co-author of the book of the very first Broadway and West End productions, as well as the director of the 2001 revival of 42nd Street.
Choreography is by Randy Skinner, the man who was worked on Gower Champion’s 1980 landmark production of 42nd Street, as well as previously having worked on the 2001 revival.
42nd Street has brought the magic of Broadway back to the West End stage in this all-signing and all-dancing new production. With performances having began on 20th March 2017 and an opening night on 4th April 2017, this is not to be missed.
Who Should See It?42nd Street with its huge cast and even bigger numbers is perfect for anyone who loves an impressive all-singing, all-dancing Broadway classic. Those who enjoyed the recent revival of A Chorus Line should definitely check out this new show for a similar spectacle.
The show is brilliant and entertaining for all ages and is ideal for families, however it may not be suitable for some children under 5 years old and babes-in-arms are not admitted to the theatre.