From this Sunday 10 November 2019, 42nd Street will be screened to more than 650 cinemas across the UK and Ireland. Critics were sent into a frenzy over this largest-ever staging of the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical classic during its run at the West End’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane. We’ve rounded up review highlights. Cinema tickets are on sale now at 42ndStreetCinema.com.
42nd Street, with music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, 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.
The stage production was presented 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, who played Peggy Sawyer in the original London production, now stars as Dorothy Brock alongside Tom Lister (as Julian Marsh), Clare Halse (Peggy Sawyer) and Philip Bertioli (Billy Lawlor). The 60-strong cast also features Jasna Ivir, Christopher Howell, Matthew Goodgame, Graeme Henderson, Bruce Montague, Mark McKerracher, Emma Caffrey, Ella Martine, Clare Rickard and Paul Knight.