Friday, 13 December 2013

42nd Street (film)

One of the most famous film musicals is to be the classic Sunday matinee screening at the Under Ground Theatre in the middle of January. Dr Niall Richardson, Convenor of MA Gender and Media, School Of Media, Film and Music at University of Sussex will introduce the film. 42nd Street was made in Hollywood 1933 and contains choreography by the great Busby Berkeley. It set the standard for many of the musicals that followed it and is still influential today.

Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter), a successful Broadway director, produces a new show, in spite of his poor health. The money comes from a rich older man, who is in love with the star of the show, Dorothy Brock. However, Dorothy (Bebe Daniels) doesn’t respond to his love, because she’s still in love with her old partner. On the night before the premiere, Dorothy breaks her ankle, and Peggy Sawyer (Ruby Keeler), one of the chorus girls, tries to take over Dorothy’s part.

Under Ground Theatre, Sun 12th Jan, 14.30.
Tickets £6.5- to include tea and cakes after the film, available online, by calling 0845 680 1926, or in person from Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre and the Under Ground Theatre.