A trio of West End cast recordings (well, one’s off-West-End…) show that it is sometimes hard to recapture the stage magic.
The sound of tapping feet invokes a whole era of classic Broadway and Hollywood musicals and when the curtain rises on this tap-infused extravaganza it pauses 18 inches or so off the stage to afford us our first glimpse of the source of that pulsing, kinetic sound – 42nd Street.
Encased in glitter and gold, 42nd Street uses sequins, beaming lights and shiny tap shoes to hypnotise its audience. Unfortunately for this production, its spell had little power over my senses.
Everyone’s favourite tap dance musical is back on the West End, and, really, shouldn’t 42nd Street always be playing somewhere in the world at any given time?
The classic Broadway musical taps its way onto the London stage, starring Sheena Easton and Tom Lister. But what have critics been saying about it?
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 ultimate ‘backstage musical’ 42nd Street lifted America from the depression, and its timely arrival at Drury Lane in such majestic style is still an evening of total escapism, total delight as you share the hopes and dreams of fresh-off-the-bus Peggy Sawyer (Clare Halse, bloody marvellous) breaking into the Broadway big-time via Sheena Easton’s broken ankle.
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!
This revival of the classic Broadway musical is a show stopping spectacle, filled with glamour and tap dancing sequences that won’t fail to thrill. If 2017 doesn’t see a rise in people taking tap lessons after seeing this brilliantly choreographed production then I will be very much surprised.
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.
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Sheena Easton – the Grammy Award winning artist who has sold over 20 million records around the world – is to make her West End debut in the forthcoming production of 42nd STREET. Cast is announced today for the Broadway classic’s run at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane.