It has been announced that a brand new production of classic musical 42nd Street will be heading to London's West End, beginning previews at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 20th March and officially opening on 4th April 2017.
The musical features a score by Harry Warren and Al Dubin and book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble and is based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and the subsequent 1933 Hollywood film adaptation of the same name. This brand new production is directed by Mark Bramble, choreographed by Randy Skinner and will feature scenic design by Douglas W Schmidt and costume design by Roger Kirk.
Billed as a "Broadway fable", 42nd Street is a classic backstage musical that show follows famed director Julian Marsh as he attempts to put on a brand new musical production during the height of the Great Depression. Peggy Sawyer, an unknown chorus girl, gets her big break and goes out on the stage a "youngster" and comes back a "star". With a classic score of musical theatre standards including "We're in the Money", "Lullaby of Broadway", "42nd Street" and "About a Quarter to Nine", this heart-warming musical provides exceptional tap routines and classic comedy.
The original Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theater in 1980 produced by David Merrick and directed by Gower Champion and went on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical, running for 3,486 performances to January 1989. A West End production opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 8 August 1984 starring Catherine Zeta Jones and went on to win the Olivier Award for Best Musical. It was last seen in the West End at the Dominion Theatre in 1990.
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by BroadwayWorld TV - October 2, 2018
Neil Sean just met with theatre legend, Miss Bonnie Langford. In the exclusive interview below, the 42nd Street star tells all about appearing on Broadway at age nine with the legend that is Ms Angela Lansbury, starring in cult TV show "Dr Who", her dressing room chats with Broadway legend Ethel Merman and so much more!
by BWW News Desk - September 26, 2018
Last night, 42nd Street marked the return of Bonnie Langford with a special Peggy Sawyer double finale. The finale was shared on Twitter, and you can check out the video below
by BWW News Desk - September 24, 2018
Bonnie Langford, the much-loved star of stage and screen, has joined the cast of 42nd Street, the spectacular homage to the world of musical theatre, as the production extends its residency at Theatre Royal Drury Lane for a final time, through to Saturday 5 January 2019.
by BWW News Desk - July 13, 2018
Bonnie Langford, the much-loved star of stage and screen, is to join the cast of 42nd STREET, the spectacular homage to the world of musical theatre, as the production extends its residency at Theatre Royal Drury Lane for a final time, through to Saturday 5 January 2019.
by BWW News Desk - June 15, 2018
Hit musical 42ND STREET is playing at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London's West End, and currently stars Lulu, Tom Lister, Clare Halse and Ashley Day. In our sale, save up to 46% on tickets - book here!
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 5, 2018
Lulu returns to the West End after 30 years to join the cast of 42nd Street, the dazzling and romantic homage to the world of musical theatre in the iconic role of 'Dorothy Brock' in this five star production. In this exclusive interview, she reveals why she took the role, acting lessons and the dramatic part she wants to take on next!
by BWW News Desk - February 23, 2018
Lulu returns to the West End after 30 years to join the cast of 42nd Street, the dazzling and romantic homage to the world of musical theatre in the iconic role of 'Dorothy Brock' in this five star production.
by Alexa Criscitiello - February 22, 2018
Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail has reported that British pop singer and media personality, Lulu, will be taking over the leading role of Dorothy Brock in the West End production of 42nd Street currently playing at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, for sixteen weeks beginning March 19.
by Jenny Ell - December 13, 2017
Currently enjoying a West End revival at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 42nd Street has also released a brand new cast recording.
by BWW News Desk - November 15, 2017
Tom Lister and the cast of London's 42nd STREET staged a special performance in Covent Garden Market yesterday as part of the ceremony for the Christmas lights switch-on, featuring Kylie Minogue and Charlotte Tilbury. Scroll down for photos from the event!
by Stage Tube - June 25, 2017
The West End's free outdoor extravaganza West End Live 2017 comes to a close today. Watch the cast of 42nd Street coo the Lullaby of Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017
42nd STREET, the quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, is now playing at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The cast showed off their dancing feet on 'Tonight at the London Palladium' and we've got the video below!
by BWW News Desk - April 5, 2017
Last night, musical 42ND STREET opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London's West End. The show received a royal seal of approval from Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who was given a pair of golden tap shoes by the producers and writer/director Mark Bramble. The Duchess attended the show in her role as Royal Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH).
by Marianka Swain - April 4, 2017
The curtain rises just high enough to reveal a long line of tapping feet: a thoroughly appropriate intro, as those feet are the real stars of the show. The plot might centre around a leading lady battle, but this loving backstage fairy tale is really a paean to the chorus - the hard-working, unceasingly toe-tapping foundation upon which musical comedy ('the two most glorious words in the English language,' per the show) is built.
by BWW News Desk - March 23, 2017
42nd STREET, the quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, is currently in previews at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane for an opening on 4 April 2017. BroadwayWorld has a fresh batch of production photos below!
by Marianka Swain - March 15, 2017
Actor Tom Lister is best known for playing Carl King on Emmerdale, but he's also amassed a number of stage credits, including Legally Blonde, Calamity Jane and Water Babies. He's currently starring in the West End revival of 42nd Street, alongside Sheena Easton, Clare Halse and Stuart Neal. The show begins previews on 20 March.