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This is the stuff dreams are made of. If you've ever wished you had what it takes to be a leading light on the musical stage, you can experience the thrill vicariously thanks to the star of this heart-warming, funny production. Meet young Peggy Sawyer, who arrives on New York's Broadway fresh from a tiny hayseed town in middle America, determined to become a star.
42nd Street is an American musical dating back to the 1930s. The movie was set in 1933 when Art Deco style ruled the day and the world was changing fast. It was also the time of the USA's Great Depression. The book was by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, the lyrics by Al Dubin, the wonderful, magical music by Harry Warren. A brilliant revival of the original, on stage for the first time in 1981, won that year's Tony Award for Best Musical. And this is the first time the show has been staged in theatreland since 1990.
The new production kicks off previews in late on 20th March and will be directed by the original co-author Mark Bramble, an extra treat for audiences. The original West End production included Catherine Zeta-Jones in the cast and won the Olivier for best musical in 1984. Zeta-Jones was only a second understudy but, like the fictional star of the show Peggy, she got the chance to perform when the leading lady Barbara King and her first understudy happened to fall ill. A Broadway revival in 2001 brought further accolades, including the Tony award for Best Musical Revival.
The cast is enormous and they more or less all sing and dance, quite a sight. The costumes are set to be spectacular, as you'd expect from a plot set in the glittering 1930s. And those gorgeous, lush show tunes sound just as fresh, just as lovely. In fact the revival's producers are promising even more singing and dancing than ever before, with extra colour and sparkle plus extra songs and dances.
The theme of the piece remains the same, and it's inspirational: follow your bliss, harness your talent, work hard and dreams can – and do – come true.
42nd Street – The story
42nd Street is set in Depression-era New York, during the 1930s. Peggy hails from a small town in Pennsylvania, but her dreams are larger than life. The legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh notices her and awards her a place in the cast of Pretty Lady, his latest Broadway show. The star is Dorothy Brock, an ageing Broadway diva who dislikes Peggy on sight. Dorothy is injured during the previews, but Peggy saves the day by taking on the lead role. And she's brilliant.
Peggy’s rise from showgirl to star is what dreams are made of. The story is told via a non-stop feast of complex tap dances, well-loved musical theatre hits and massive ensemble numbers. And it's set to break records in the West End. We can't wait!
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Recommended for:Anyone (83%)
Reviewed on 07 January 2019 by Nuria, Barcelona, Spain
Reviewed on 06 January 2019 by Hilary, Brighton, United Kingdom
The tap dancing was awesome, made the show different from others and the crowd was always cheering them on. Highly recommend for anyone to see.
Reviewed on 05 January 2019 by Ashley, Calne, United Kingdom
It‘s a dancing show. Singing is average. The story is banal. Peggy Sawyer was a world class stepping dancer, Dorothy a a singer not at her top.
Reviewed on 03 January 2019 by Marion, Hof, Germany
Reviewed on 03 January 2019 by Malcolm, East Grinstead, United Kingdom
Great show but not some mens cup of tea
Reviewed on 02 January 2019 by Jon, Chatham, United Kingdom
Excellent show, so much energy, especially the tap dancing
Reviewed on 01 January 2019 by John, Crawley, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 31 December 2018 by Gulsum, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
For anyone who has never seen a musical this is a wonderfull expérience. The costumes, lights, dancers, direction, are exceptional. The dancers are fabulous : penny is exceptional, a great and talentuous dancer. We were a little disappointed by the music which reflects the gold âge of musicals but is a little bit ...outdated.
Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by Jean-luc, Suresnes, France
It's all about swing! The magnificent band made us wanting to jump from our seats. The tap dance was amazing. As another visitor said: it just makes you feel good!
Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by Julia, Brussels, Belgium
Loved the show from start to finish nonstop music colour and dancing, fantastic, don't be late.
Reviewed on 30 December 2018 by Bridget, Bromley, United Kingdom
Love the show I could sit and see it a thousand times
Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by Sarah, Teynham Kent, United Kingdom
That was my fifth (5th) time to watch this musical play, I was so much intrigued by its story, music, costumes and acting. This show is so grand and dancing was just too incredible !!!
Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by Nelson, North Vancouver, Canada
Fun, lively & very entertaining. My daughter is a dancer & her feet were tapping away through the show.
Reviewed on 29 December 2018 by Julie, Warrington, United Kingdom
Storyline and musical is good. Certain part repetitive and lack of innovative ideas. Sound system too soft.
Reviewed on 28 December 2018 by Ck, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 December 2018 by Georgios, Soham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 December 2018 by Tak, Ipswich, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 December 2018 by Andrea, Twickenham, United Kingdom
If there is one musical every theatregoer should see at least once in their lifetime , it is 42nd street. The best routines, best songs, best costumes, best scenery, best tap dancing and a heart warming storyline. What more do you want. Well done anyone who's ever been involved in making the professional show such a hit over the years, true stars.
Reviewed on 27 December 2018 by Tony, Dersingham, United Kingdom
The show is perfect! We enjoyed it a lot. The dance is SO good and also the story. LOVE IT!!!
Reviewed on 27 December 2018 by Karla, London, United Kingdom
No one enjoyed it more than I !
Reviewed on 27 December 2018 by Julie, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-avon, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 December 2018 by Andrea, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 December 2018 by Marcel, Sassenheim, Netherlands
the show has everything a musical should have. The dancing was just superb
Reviewed on 26 December 2018 by Robert, Lanrelas, France
Wonderful songs and tap dancing. The story is a bit cheesy of course, but that is all part of the charm. It is fast, funny and pretty irresistible.
Reviewed on 26 December 2018 by Guy, Paris, France
The ensemble of this show was so incredibly talented. The dance numbers were jaw- dropping. It was amazing
Reviewed on 25 December 2018 by Ronen, Amstelveen, Netherlands
Reviewed on 24 December 2018 by Raymond, Rockingham, Australia
Fast paced and entertaining with gorgeous costumes and delightful tap dancing. Not to be missed.
Reviewed on 24 December 2018 by Kathryn, Toronto, Canada
Reviewed on 23 December 2018 by Elaine, Foulridge, United Kingdom
Great show beautiful costumes and mind blowing dancing . Very clever sets on stage, well done to all the people involved in putting this show together.
Reviewed on 22 December 2018 by Jacqueline, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
A must see for any theatre lover. Never seen a show like it. Performance on another scale. Simply brilliant!
Reviewed on 22 December 2018 by Rachel, Hounslow, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 21 December 2018 by Dorian, Forest Row, United Kingdom
This is a full razzmatazz musical with tremendous tap dancing and singing. Not always as crisp as I would have imagined.
Reviewed on 21 December 2018 by Karen, Farnham, United Kingdom
If you are a fan of song and dance, this an evening of pure pleasure. A huge cast with so much amazing talent. Highly recommended.
Reviewed on 20 December 2018 by Caroline, Hungerford, United Kingdom
Amazing costumes. Great energy and thoroughly enjoyable. Dancing is brilliant. Would see again.
Reviewed on 20 December 2018 by Katherine, Aston Clinton, United Kingdom
you enjoy every minute
Reviewed on 20 December 2018 by Maria Del Carmen, London, United Kingdom
Great show, music, acting, singing and dancing!!
Reviewed on 19 December 2018 by Peggy, Wervik, Belgium
If you like tapdancing this is the best show you will ever see. Wonderful
Reviewed on 18 December 2018 by Gillian, Dover, United Kingdom
It was simply fun! From the first music piece to the finale it meant great music, great acting, a wonderful scenery and fantastic costumes, I‘m definitely going to see the show again with family and friends!
Reviewed on 18 December 2018 by Anja, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland
Reviewed on 18 December 2018 by Ronald, Rainham Essex, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 December 2018 by Victoria, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
This show is fast-paced and slick. It's visually stunning and some of the costume changes have to be seen to be believed! A wonderful experience.
Reviewed on 16 December 2018 by Patricia, Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
Great costumes, great stage changes unbelievable. Dancing out of this world
Reviewed on 15 December 2018 by Ruth, Nottwil, Switzerland
Very lavish production with absolutely amazing costumes and sets. Very lively and energetic with a superb cast.
Reviewed on 13 December 2018 by Robert, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 December 2018 by Cigdem, Istanbul, Turkey
Reviewed on 11 December 2018 by Carina, Haselünne, Germany
One of the best in my life! Dancing and timing, funny dialogs, music, sound effects, special effects
Reviewed on 10 December 2018 by Piotr, Cracow, Poland
Reviewed on 10 December 2018 by Ilya, Haifa, Israel
Reviewed on 10 December 2018 by Dustie, Brown Candover, United Kingdom
What a simply stunning show the dance is out of this world, dazzling costumes and not a dull moment.An impressive and talented cast a must see before it finishes its run.
Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by Angela, Stoke-on-trent, United Kingdom
Amazing dancers and choreography was phenomenal. It just pulled you in.
Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by Suzanne, Annan, United Kingdom
Can't imagine anyone other than possibly Jeremy Kyle disliking this show. Amazing energy, vitality and fitness.Tremendous number of scene and set changes carried out flawlessly. Dancing and singing superb.
Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by Raymond, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Beautiful, colorful, spectacular show! Amazing actors, elegant costumes and incredible dances! I strongly recommend it.
Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by Samuel, Lorentzweiler, Luxembourg
Reviewed on 09 December 2018 by Jenny, Grange-over-sands, United Kingdom
Fantastic show. Saw it a few weeks ago and booked tickets to see it again straight away! Proper wow factor, incredible dancers, staging, lighting. It was fantastic.
Reviewed on 07 December 2018 by Jocelyne, Crawley, United Kingdom
This was amazing bonus to seethe stars involved well done everyone xx
Reviewed on 07 December 2018 by Susan, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 07 December 2018 by Sandra, Wisbech, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 06 December 2018 by Francis, Kortrijk, Belgium
Superb dancing. Great nostalgic songs. Brilliant costumes and amazingly quick changes. Get in quick as it ends soon.
Reviewed on 05 December 2018 by Colin, Edenbridge, United Kingdom
Brilliant performances from a wonderful cast.
Reviewed on 05 December 2018 by Carole, Basildon, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 04 December 2018 by Miro, Sondrio, Italy
Kept you involved ,a great show to take in , much better than I was expecting , give it a try you will not be disappointed
Reviewed on 04 December 2018 by Stephen, Measham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 December 2018 by Roberta, Roma, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 December 2018 by Louis, London, United Kingdom
I am not usually a big fan of going to musicals, but to my surprise I really enjoyed 42nd Street. The dancing was very impressive, the story was funny and there were some very creative props and costumes. So a lot to see!
Reviewed on 02 December 2018 by Anne, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 December 2018 by Jean Francois, Clamart, France
Reviewed on 02 December 2018 by Dina, Ma'alot-tarshiha, Israel
Bonnie Langford singing exceptional loved the production from start to finish
Reviewed on 01 December 2018 by Susan, Deal, United Kingdom
Great costumes and performance. Highly recommend. Balcony front row seats were difficult for taller people as you are required to lean forward. A more comfortable view from higher seats. Tickets easy to collect at the door.
Reviewed on 01 December 2018 by Helen, Greenwich, Australia
A journey to the 1930s! Great quality show and Perfect view from our grand circle seats.
Reviewed on 01 December 2018 by Justine, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 30 November 2018 by Alison, Lytham St Anne’s, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by Ka, Tessarina, Singapore
A wonderfully entertaining show with great choreography, an excellent orchestra and good singers.
Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by Edmund, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by Lay Hong, Ave 2, Singapore
Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by Karen, York, United Kingdom
Very professional, excellent timing on intricate footwork.Many familiar songs, amusing in parts and ran smoothly.
Reviewed on 29 November 2018 by Anne, Stanford Le Hope, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 November 2018 by Yasmin, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 November 2018 by Steve, Bridgwater, United Kingdom
My son and I absolutely loved 42nd street. From start to finish it had me toe tapping and amazed at the stunning performance. I would highly recommend you buy your tickets to see this, before it closes. A great show!
Reviewed on 27 November 2018 by Yvonne, London, United Kingdom
Don't miss the opportunity to see this fantastic show before it leaves the West End in January. The dancing is exhilarating!
Reviewed on 27 November 2018 by Miss, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 November 2018 by Cenk, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 November 2018 by Erdem, Istanbul, Turkey
Really good. Very talented performers. Dancing was great and better than i expected.
Reviewed on 26 November 2018 by Bernadette, Sudbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 November 2018 by Gozde, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 25 November 2018 by Manfred, Vienna, Austria
Reviewed on 25 November 2018 by Kay, Porth, United Kingdom
Absolute must-see-show Very much entertaining with shiney clothes and lighting, and enjoyable music with tapping feet-s
Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Elisa, Toronto, Canada
Thank you so much. It was best show I ever seen!
Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Lana, Mayfair, United Kingdom
Came out with a really great feel good and uplifted. A must see for anyone.
Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Joanne, Wakefield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Andreas, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 22 November 2018 by Charles, Tadworth, United Kingdom
funny story , great dancers. a bit too long!
Reviewed on 19 November 2018 by Mihaela, Holon, Israel
Reviewed on 19 November 2018 by Joanne, Hinckley, United Kingdom
Would recommend to anyone, brilliant.
Reviewed on 19 November 2018 by David, Chorley, United Kingdom
I am not a lover of dancing generally, but the energy and action the players did, was absolutely brilliant. We very much enjoyed the show
Reviewed on 18 November 2018 by John, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
If you like dance and music you will love this show Stunning costumes and dance routines
Reviewed on 18 November 2018 by Sue, Warrington, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 November 2018 by Lynne, Sheffield, United Kingdom
It's a great theatre and a great show. I loved the energy of the dances.
Reviewed on 15 November 2018 by Mandy, Chislehurst, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 November 2018 by Derya, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 14 November 2018 by Ricardo, Beckenham, United Kingdom
by Phil Willmott | Friday, November 9 2018, 15:23
Several big musicals have announced closing dates in the West End after long, critically acclaimed runs. Don’t miss out. There’s plenty of reasons to hurry to these fantastic shows before they’re gone.10 Reasons to See 42nd Street before it closes
by Stacey Tyler | Thursday, April 6 2017, 14:20
42nd Street was last seen at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane on London’s West End in 1984. Now playing at the same theatre as it did then, it is undeniably back where it belongs. Keeping its loyalty to the story yet putting a new and exciting spin on the show itself, this is the perfect revival of such an amazing old fashioned musical. The score is wonderful, and vividly brought to life by Jae Alexander and his 18 strong orchestra. With songs such as 'We're in the Money', 'Lullaby of Broadway' and the title number '42nd Street' this is one musical that will have you tapping your feet all the way home!Review: 42nd STREET at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane
by Stuart King | Monday, April 3 2017, 09:20
This musical is Broadway's story about Broadway; those for whom it is home and the starstruck, from-out-of-town wannabes eager for their big break, a slice of success in the spotlight and with a bit of luck, (or someone else's misfortune), a fleeting dalliance with stardom.Everything you need to know about 42ND STREET at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
by Phil Willmott | Saturday, August 13 2016, 14:45
42ND STREET, one of the most joyful and life affirming celebrations of Musical Theatre is to get a big west End revival in March 2017 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in a new production directed by Broadway veteran Mark Bramble. Bramble has staged the show many times and is joined by his previous collaborators Douglas W Schmidt (Set Designer) and Roger Kirk (Costume Designer)42nd Street Returns to the West End