Tuesday, 7 August 2012

42nd Street (musical theatre)

 Eastbourne is doing well for musicals this year and the roll call continues with the classic 42nd Street which is coming to the Congress Theatre at the beginning of September.

The show has won two Tony awards, one for Best New Musical when it first appeared in 1980, and then another for Best Revival Of A Musical twenty-one years later in 2001. Several of the songs are now famous in their own right including Keep Young And Beautiful, We're In The Money and the title song itself, Forty-Second Street. It is also famous for its tap dance routines which are some of the most spectacular seen on stage. The Congress performances will feature the stunning sets and costumes from the American production. The stars will be Dave Willets (Les Miserables, Cats) and Marti Webb (Evita, Blood Brothers).

42nd Street was originally a novel by Bradford Ropes. This book inspired a Warner Brothers film in 1933, and the stage show is based on the film. It tells the story of arrogant director Julian Marsh's attempts to put on a successful stage extravaganza at the height of the Great Depression. Small-town girl Peggy Sawyer arrives in New York just in time to bump into Marsh, literally and manages to get a part in the chorus. But Peggy accidentally trips the show's star, the diva Dorothy Brock, who breaks her ankle. Peggy is summarily fired but the rest of the chorus support her and persuade Marsh that this young dancer could lead the show.

Congress Theatre, Tue 4th - Sat 8th Sep, 19:30.
Thu & Sat matinees, 14:30.
Tickets various prices. Available online, by phone on 01323 412000 or in person at the Box Office.

1 comment:

  1. The spectacular 42nd Street kicked off in style in Eastbourne last night. The show has a great look with varied backdrops – look out for the two guys playing cards in the ‘rehearsal set’ – and beautiful costumes. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much glitz and sparkle on the Congress stage!
    First-night gremlins did put in an appearance with a couple of unexplained backstage bangs & thuds, and Marsh wobbled off key at a couple of moments. However this was more than compensated for by the slick and energetic tap dance routines and wonderful set pieces. The mirror! The money! The stairs! We were amazed by the quality of the dancing and also by the sheer speed of the many costume changes, some of which were surely physically impossible!