Photo Flash: Theatre at the Center's 42ND STREET Opening Night
Based on the classic 1933 Busby Berkeley movie musical of the same name, 42ND STREET is one of the longest running productions in Broadway history, having played for a staggering 9 years, for a total of 3,486 performances. With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by three-time Academy Award-winning composer Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, 42ND STREET features a memorable score including the show stopping numbers We're in the Money, You're Getting to be a Habit With Me, Lullaby of Broadway, and of course, 42nd Street. Theatre at the Center's Artistic Director William Pullinsi will direct with Choreography by Linda Fortunato.
Considered to be the quintessential backstage musical, 42ND STREET tells the story of a starry-eyed young actress named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home with hopes of making it big on Broadway. Julian Marsh, the Great White Way's most brilliant director, is preparing his biggest show yet, Pretty Lady, in the depths of the Great Depression in New York. He is faced with one obstacle after another, and when aging leading lady Dorothy Brock breaks her ankle at the last minute, panic spreads through the company. Thrust into the spotlight is young chorus girl Peggy Sawyer. Peggy is beautiful and talented; but can she overcome her nerves and give the performance of a lifetime? In just 36 hours, a star is born! This big, bold, glitzy musical celebrates what dreams are made of.
The cast of 42ND STREET is led by five-time Jeff Award nominee Larry Adams as "Julian Marsh". Adams most recently appeared Off-Broadway in the The Hunchback Variations, and was in the Broadway production and National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. He was seen at Theatre at the Center as "Captain Von Trapp" in the Sound of Music, "George" in La Cage aux Folles, "Pilot" in Jesus Christ Superstar and in the title role in Maury Yeston's Phantom. Nicole Miller will star as "Peggy Sawyer". Miller's numerous appearances at Theatre at the Center include La Cage, Jesus Christ Superstar and Guys and Dolls. She was also seen at Paramount Theatre and with Light Opera Works. Paula Scrofano, who stars as "Dorothy Brock", is a Jeff Award and Sara Siddons Award-winner. She was seen at Theatre at the Center as "Rose" in Gypsy, "Dolly" in Hello, Dolly and most recently in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
42ND STREET also features the ever popular Dale Benson as "Abner Dillon", with Nathan Mittleman as "Billy Lawlor", David Besky as "Pat Denning", Amy Brophy as "Maggie Jones", Tom Moore as "Bert Barry", Cara Salerno as "Lorraine", Jenny Guse as "Ann Reilly", Amy Orman as "Phyllis", Steven Spanopoulos as "Andy Lee" and ensemble members Rebecca Bradford, Johnson Vaughn Brock, Chris Carter, Amanda Lauren Compton, Mike Danovich, Brian M. Duncan, Allyson J. Graves, Kim Green and Michael Reckling.
The Artistic Team, led by Artistic Director William Pullinsi, features choreography by Linda Fortunato and Musical Direction and Orchestrations by William Underwood. The design team includes Scenic Designer Jack Magaw, Lighting Designer Tim Fandrei, Sound Designer Barry G. Funderburg, Costume Designer Brenda Winstead, Wig Designer Kevin Barthel and Props Designer Lauren Earnshaw. The Stage Manager is Amanda Davis, the Assistant Stage Manager is Jill Yetsky, the Production Manager/Technical Director is Ann Davis and TATC's General Manager is Richard Friedman.
Founded in 1991, Theatre at the Center is a year-round professional theater at its home, The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Theatre at the Center is Located off I-80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, and has free parking.
Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m.; and select Thursday evening and Saturday matinees. Individual ticket prices range from $38 - $42. To purchase individual tickets call the Box Office at 219.836.3255 or Tickets.com at 800.511.1552. Group discounts are available for groups of 11 or more and gift certificates, perfect for all special occasions, are also available. For more information on Theatre at the Center, visit TheatreAtTheCenter.com.