More2Screen has announced the cinema release of the critically acclaimed West End revival of Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble’s 42nd Street, which will be screened in more than 650 cinemas across the UK and Ireland from 10 November 2019. Hot on the heels of this month’s cinema release of Emma Rice‘s play adaptation of Angela Carter’s Wise Children, this is the largest-ever staging of the Tony® Award-winning musical – pure musical magic on the big screen. Cinema tickets are on sale now at 42ndStreetCinema.com.
42nd Street, with music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, the show centres on the efforts of famed Broadway director Julian Marsh to mount a successful stage production of a musical extravaganza at the height of the Great Depression and Peggy Sawyer, a talented newcomer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break after leading lady Dorothy Brock is injured. National treasure Bonnie Langford, who played Peggy Sawyer in the original London production, now stars as Dorothy Brock alongside Emmerdale’s Tom Lister (as Julian Marsh), Clare Halse (Peggy Sawyer) and Philip Bertioli (Billy Lawlor).
★★★★★ “Utterly moreish extravaganza of glitz” – The Times
The stage production was produced by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade. It was filmed live for the cinema screen at the 2000-seat Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in November 2018 by BroadwayHD, the US-based streaming service for live theatre. Ross MacGibbon directed the filmed version in collaboration with the late Mark Bramble, filming in 4K with eight cameras at three separate performances to capture the spectacular scale of the stage show.
Bonnie Langford said:
“I’m so proud that this great production is going to be screened in cinemas, reaching more people across the UK and Ireland than ever before. 42nd Street has been a part of my life since my twenties when I first played Peggy Sawyer and then a whole 25 years later I returned as Dorothy Brock to Theatre Royal Drury Lane. It feels like the perfect conclusion to a joyous run.”
Christine Costello, CEO and Founder of More2Screen added: “42nd Street is one of the all-time great Broadway musicals and we’re delighted to be bringing this fabulous West End revival to cinema audiences all across the UK and Ireland.”
The 60-strong cast also features Jasna Ivir (as Maggie Jones), Christopher Howell (Bert Barry), Matthew Goodgame (Pat Denning), Graeme Henderson (Andy Lee), Bruce Montague (Abner Dillon), Mark McKerracher (Mac/Doc/Thug), Emma Caffrey (Annie), Ella Martine (Lorraine), Clare Rickard (Phyllis) and Paul Knight (Oscar).
Amongst the classic songs included in 42nd Street are:
- “We’re in the Money”
- “Lullaby of Broadway”
- “You’re Getting to Be a Habit With Me”
- “About a Quarter to Nine”
- “Shuffle Off to Buffalo”
- And, of course, “42nd Street”
About Mark Bramble
Mark Bramble (7 December 1950 – 20 February 2019) was an American writer, director and producer. Having produced and co-written the original 1980 production of 42nd Street, which received a Tony Award Nomination for Best Direction of a Musical in 1981, Bramble helmed the 2001 revival of the musical on Broadway, which secured a further Tony Award nomination in the same category. He directed productions of 42nd Street across the world including Sydney, Shanghai, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Vienna, and finally in London’s West End in 2017.
As author, Bramble’s other work included the 1980 musical Barnum, which introduced Glenn Close as a musical theatre actress, with songs by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart. He also wrote the book for The Three Musketeers (1984) with music by Rudolph Friml. He collaborated with Michael Stewart on many other shows, including The Grand Tour (1978) with songs by Jerry Herman, Pieces of Eight, a musical adaptation of Treasure Island with songs by Jule Styne, and the Off-Broadway opera Elizabeth & Essex, and was an assistant on the 1974 musical Mack and Mabel.
In the UK, Bramble wrote the libretto for and directed the musical Fat Pig, which had music by Henry Krieger and premiered at Leicester Haymarket Theatre in 1987, and he adapted and staged Notre Dame at Sadler’s Wells in 1991.
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