Come and Meet Those Dancing Feet!
The spectacular 42nd Street is heading out on tour. A knowing look into the world of Broadway, this show revolves around the attempts of theatre director Julian Marsh to stage a lavish musical during the Great Depression. Full of dancing girls and grand set designs, this touring production is helmed by the same team who staged the 2001 Tony-winning Broadway revival, Mark Bramble and Randy Skinner. The score, by Al Dubin and Harry Warren, features classics such as We're in the Money and I Only Have Eyes For You.
Now 42nd Street may seem like a show straight from Broadway's golden age, but it's actually only a throwback. While it is based on the 1933 movie of the same name (which was choreographed by Busby Berkeley), the stage adaptation didn't appear until 1980. One of the few shows to be based on an original movie musical, it was a long-running hit and won two Tony Awards.
What is 42nd Street About?
The year is 1933, and Broadway's newest show, Pretty Lady, is auditioning. Pennsylvania native Peggy Sawyer has just arrived in the city and is desperate for a shot at the big time. She's initially rejected by the show's choreographer, but the director Julian Marsh decides to hire her after witnessing her impromptu routine for some of the other dancers. So Peggy steps into the backstage drama of a big Broadway musical, a showbiz world that's full of prima donnas past their prime, scandalous affairs between co-stars and dictatorial directors.