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About the showBroadway’s biggest show arrived on the West End’s biggest stage in 2017 and continues to wow audiences. 42nd Street plays at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane in a vibrant new revival of the classic American rags-to-riches story.
42nd Street is the quintessential backstage musical; an exciting song and dance-filled tale of dreaming of stardom on Broadway. It is not the first time the show has been 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.
The musical follows a young Peggy Sawyer, who leaves behind her small American home town in order to find a role on the Broadway stage. Despite being just another girl in the chorus line, when the show’s demanding lead gets unfortunately injured, Peggy gets her chance to follow her dream and take centre stage…
Understudy superstar Steph Parry stars as Dorothy Brock, alongside Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer, Tom Lister as Julian Marsh and Ashley Day as Billy Lawlor. Further casting includes Jasna Ivir as Maggie, Graeme Henderson as Andy Lee, Christopher Howell as Bert Barry, Bruce Montague as Abner Dillon, Emma Caffrey as Anytime Annie, Matthew Goodgame as Pat Denning and Mark McKerracher as Mac/Doc/Thug.
Ensemble includes Clare Rickard, Ella Martine, Hannah Amin, Lucy Andic, Sara Bispham, Pamela Blair, Abi Curruthers, Danielle Cato, Lisa Dent, Natasha Ferguson, Madeleine Francis, Maria Garrett, Maddie Harper, Leah Harris, Rebecca Herszenhorn, Bethany Huckle, Sarah Kacey, Annie Kitchen, Jenny Legg, Hannah–Faith Marram, Billie Kay, Katy Riches, Zoe Rogers, Jessica Stent, Josephina Camble, Gabrielle Cocca, Emma Johnson, Jasmine Kerr, Lucy Renouf, Christina Shard, Freddie Clements, Martin McCarthy, Zac Watts, Steph Parry, Thomas Audibert, George Beet, Philip Bertioli, Joel Cooper, Matt Cox, Adam Denman, Luke George, Ryan Gover, Alyn Hawke, Tom Partridge, James-Royden Lyley and Liam Wrate.
Featuring classic songs, such as "We’re In the Money", "Shuffle Off to Buffalo", "Dames", "Lullaby of Broadway", and the show-stopping title track "42nd Street", the show guarantees all the glitz and glamour of any Broadway outing.
Directed by Mark Bramble, who was the original co-author of the book and revived the production in 2001, 42nd Street features choreography by Randy Skinner, the man who worked on Gower Champion’s 1980 landmark original production, as well as previously having worked on the 2001 revival.
42nd Street brings the magic of Broadway back to the West End stage in this all-singing, all-dancing new production. With performances first beginning in March 2017 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the magical musical continues to tap to sold-out London audiences.
Theatre legend Bonnie Langford takes over the role of Dorothy Brock from 3 September.
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.