Photo Flash: First Look at Music Theatre Wichita's 42ND STREET

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Music Theatre Wichita's 43 summer season comes to a conclusion with "42nd Street," directed and choreographed by original cast member Jon Engstrom, and featuring Damon Kirsche as Julian Marsh, Tracy Lore as Dorothy Brock, Tessa Grady as Peggy Sawyer, and Shonn Wiley as Billy Lawlor. Patty Reeder appears as Maggie Jones, partnered by Robert Ariza as Bert Barry, with Timothy W. Robu as Abner Dillon and Ryan Vasquez as Pat Denning. Tapping their way into several major numbers are Amy Baker Schwiethale as "Anytime" Annie, Jacob Chancellor as dance director Andy Lee, Katie Wesler as Phyllis, Becca Petersen as Lorraine, and Emily Pirtleas Diane.

All new scenery has been created by Bruce Brockman, and hundreds of new costumes were designed by Debbie Roberts, with millinery creations by Megan Reed. Alena Sellers is hair and makeup designer, David Neville is lighting designer, and David Muehldesigns the sound. Associate choreographer Hector Guerrero has worked with Jon Engstrom on many previous productions of this show. Thomas W. Douglas conducts the orchestra, assisted by Jesse Warkentin.

It plays August 6 - 10, during which time the Music Theatre Wichita 2015 summer lineup will be announced.

Photo Credits: Christopher Clark

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Photo Flash: First Look at Music Theatre Wichita's 42ND STREET
Billy Lawlor (Shonn Wiley) leads the tapping ladies in “We’re in the Money"

Photo Flash: First Look at Music Theatre Wichita's 42ND STREET
Colorful 1930s show veterans introduce newcomer Peggy Sawyer to Broadway traditions at the Gypsy Tea Kettle. Left to right, Phyllis (Katie Wesler), Lorraine (Becca Petersen), Maggie Jones (Patty Reeder), Peggy Sawyer (Tessa Grady) and Anytime Annie (Amy Baker Schwiethale)

Photo Flash: First Look at Music Theatre Wichita's 42ND STREET
Lorraine (Becca Petersen) and Annie (Amy Baker Schwiethale) cheer Peggy Sawyer (Tessa Grady) as she shows off for dance director Andy Lee (Jacob Chancellor)

Photo Flash: First Look at Music Theatre Wichita's 42ND STREET
Tapping feet click happily on New York streets as Annie (Amy Baker Schwiethale), Phyllis (Katie Welser), Peggy (Tessa Grady) and Lorraine (Becca Petersen) decide to “Go Into Your Dance"

Photo Flash: First Look at Music Theatre Wichita's 42ND STREET
Desperate Broadway producer Julian Marsh (Damon Kirsche) encourages chorus girl Peggy Sawyer (Tessa Grady) to listen to “The Lullaby of Broadway"

Photo Flash: First Look at Music Theatre Wichita's 42ND STREET
Amy Baker Schwiethale, Becca Petersen, Jacob Chancellor, Damon Kirsche, Katie Wesler, Tessa Grady, Robert Ariza, Patty Reeder

Photo Flash: First Look at Music Theatre Wichita's 42ND STREET
Dorothy Brock (Tracy Lore) is every inch the star, as juvenile Billy Lawlor (Shonn Wiley) observes

Photo Flash: First Look at Music Theatre Wichita's 42ND STREET
Broadway diva Dorothy Brock (Tracy Lore) lays down the law to producer Julian Marsh (Damon Kirsche) as Peggy Sawyer (Tessa Grady) and Billy Lawlor (Shonn Wiley) eavesdrop

Photo Flash: First Look at Music Theatre Wichita's 42ND STREET
Chorus girl Peggy Sawyer (Tessa Grady) and Broadway juvenile Billy Lawlor (Shonn Wiley) celebrate being “Young and Healthy"

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