About the show
The Broadway glamour of hit musical 42nd Street comes to the West End’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
42nd Street is the essential musical about a musical that first wowed crowds in 1980 with its Broadway debut.
The show follows the fresh-faced Peggy Sawyer. She steps off the bus into the bustle of New York with dreams of being a Broadway star filling her head. She becomes a chorus member and it looks likely to become another forgotten dreamer, but then her luck changes. When the leading lady injures herself, Peggy steps up to take her place in the spotlight. It’s Peggy’s chance to show her star potential…
With the super success of Natasha J Barnes as Sheridan Smith’s replacement in Funny Girl, London’s West End is certainly the right place for understudy glory right now. So it seems fitting that 42nd Street should be coming back to town.
The sparkling musical features a mountain of hit musical numbers. These include We’re In The Money, Lullaby Of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames, I Only Have Eyes For You and – of course – 42nd Street.
Steff Parry leads the cast as Dorothy Brock. Clare Halse, who most recently starred opposite Imelda Staunton in Gypsy, plays Peggy, while Tom Lister plays Julian Marsh. Ashley Day plays Billy Lawlor. Jasna Ivir, Christopher Howell, Matthew Goodgame, Graeme Henderson, Bruce Montague, Mark McKerracher, Emma Caffrey, Clare Rickard, Ella Martine and Paul Knight also star.
From 3 September, Bonnie Langford joins the cast, playing Dorothy Brock. The British stage regular previously appeared in shows including Gypsy, Chicago and Cats. More recently, she played Carmel Kazemi in EastEnders.
This is a high-kicking new production directed by Mark Bramble. The acclaimed director previously directed the Tony Award-winning 2001 Broadway production of 42nd Street.
42nd Street is a musical that celebrates the romantic glitz of Broadway musical theatre. It is based on the book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble. Harry Warren wrote the music for the show, while Al Dubin wrote the lyrics.
Previous productions have resulted in a collection of Tony and Olivier Awards, and we wouldn’t be surprised if this new one adds to the trophy cabinet.
42nd Street runs until 5 January 2019 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.