So much hype surrounded this production of 42nd Street and it didn’t disappoint. From the moment the conductor raised his baton the stage and auditorium was alive with the sound of tap shoes!
42nd Street was made famous by the 1933 film based on the 1932 novel by Bradford Ropes. This glitzy, glamorous revival of 42nd Street is set to make your heart soar, and have you tap dancing down the steps of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane singing Lullaby of Broadway!
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.
42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane is a feast of musical theatre. This revival of the 1980s show, itself inspired by the 1930s recession busting movie of the same name, is nothing less than a homage to Busby Berkeley’s lavish Hollywood tap routines, framed around a fairytale of Broadway.
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