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14th-19th March 2005
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Show HandbillBased on the classic 1933 movie musical of the same name, 42nd Street tells the story of a starry-eyed young actress named Peggy Sawyer who dances in the chorus line of a new Broadway musical. The show’s aging leading lady, Dorothy breaks her ankle in an accident involving Peggy who is then fired immediately. Peggy is about to leave for the train station, her dream all over when fate intervenes and Peggy gets her chance to be a star! The story is about hopes and dreams and making them happen.

This is the classic Broadway show within a show that signalled the rebirth of the MGM film musical.

With furious tap dancing and an endless list of song classics, “We’re in the Money”, “Shuffle off to Buffalo”, “Lullaby of Broadway” and “42nd Street” itself, this is musical entertainment you can just melt into.

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Song List

Act One

OVERTURE
AUDITION / Andy and Ensemble
YOUNG AND HEALTHY / Billy Lawlor and Peggy Sawyer
SHADOW WALTZ / Maggie Jones, Dorothy Brock and Ensemble
GO INTO YOUR DANCE / Maggie, Annie, Peggy, Phyllis, Lorraine and Andy
YOU'RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT WITH ME / Dorothy Billy, Peggy, Ensemble
GETTING OUT OF TOWN / Full Company
DAMES / Billy and Men
KEEPING YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL / Maggie, Bert Barry and Girls
DAMES (CONTINUED) / Full Company
I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU / Dorothy
I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU (REPRISE) / Billy and Girls
WE'RE IN THE MONEY / Annie, Peggy, Lorraine, Phyllis and Ensemble
FINALE / Dorothy and Company

Act Two

OVERTURE / Orchestra
SUNNY SIDE OF EVERY SITUATION / Annie and Ensemble
LULLABY OF BROADWAY / Julian Marsh and full company
GETTING OUT OF TOWN (REPRISE) / Bert, Maggie, Full Company
MONTAGE / Julian, Andy, Peggy and Ensemble
ABOUT A QUARTER TO NINE / Dorothy and Peggy
OVERTURE TO PRETTY LADY OPENING / Orchestra
WITH PLENTY OF MONEY AND YOU / Peggy and Men
SHUFFLE OFF TO BUFFALO / Bert, Maggie, Annie and Girls
42nd STREET / Peggy, Billy and Ensemble
42nd STREET (REPRISE) / Julian
FINALE / Full Company


Synopsis

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Trivia

42nd Street opened on Broadway on August 25th 1980. Did you know that it is the second longest running American musical in Broadway history? The longest runner is A Chorus Line. However, whereas, the latter opened with a cast of 27 in simple costumes, 42nd Street had a cast of 54 and 750 costumes! The passing of Gower Champion, the show’s director, however, touched the opening night of 42nd Street. He had been very ill for sometime with a rare blood disease and passed away just hours before the curtain went up. The Broadway show was inspired by a visit to the cinema by producers Mike Stewart and Mark Bramble to see the 1933 movie musical. In the movie Oscar winning actor Warner Baxter played Julian Marsh. At one time he had been the highest earner in the film industry. He was to die of pneumonia whilst undergoing a lobotomy. Ruby Keeler, who played Peggy in the film, was married to Al Jolson and later appeared in 861 performances of No No Nanette! The part of Anytime Annie was played by no other than Ginger Rogers. Apparently she was called Ginger by her little sister who could not pronounce Virginia, her real name. Ginger married 5 times! 3 of her husbands were called Jack. She only got the part of Anytime Annie because she was dating Mervyn LeRoy, the director, at the time and he insisted she did it. Of course, she would later escalate to fame, dancing opposite Fred Astaire. Did you know they are buried close to each other in the same cemetery? And the final bit of trivia I have managed to discover is that the part of Mac (the stage manager) is played in the film by a chap called Allen Jenkins who also happened to be the voice of Officer Dibble from Top Cat. Now there's inspiration!