In the rush to dole out the five star reviews that seem de rigueur for any big musical these days (22 for An American in Paris so their new poster shouts proudly), there appears to be a willingness to overlook storytelling for spectacle.
The second massive New York import in less than a month, 42nd Street brought its lullaby of Broadway to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane last night. In addition to their transatlantic journeys, An American in Paris and 42nd Street are both dance-based shows – with big budgets (£8 million is the word on the latter), huge casts and stunning designs – that have won over critics in dramatic fashion.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the first preview of 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and whilst any official opinions about the show are under embargo until press night, I thought I’d give you all some hints and teasers and a little sneak preview through these 42 reasons to see 42nd Street.
The London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO) announces star casting for its much-anticipated concert presentation of Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens’ A Christmas Carol, with Robert Lindsay as Scrooge and Carrie Hope Fletcher and her sister-in-law and fellow vlogger Giovanna Fletcher performing together for the first time.
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