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On Stage: 42nd Street

Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes gets her big break on Broadway.
(NR, approx. PG)
Runtime: 155 min., including one 10-minute intermission


Saturday, July 16, 2022

12:00 PM

The Moxie: On Stage is a new series showcasing world class performances from stages across the globe.

Tickets: $20/adults; $15/members & students

One of Broadway's most classic and beloved tales, 42nd Street, comes cinema screens in the largest-ever production of the breathtaking musical. The musical, set in 1933, tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway. Peggy arrives to New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania and her talent catches the eye of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh. She gets a spot in the chorus of the musical-within-the-musical, Pretty Lady. Dorothy Brock, the classic Broadway diva and star of the show, takes a dislike to the new girl. When Dorothy is injured, Pretty Lady looks like it will have to close, unless a new girl talented enough to lead the show can be found — someone like Peggy Sawyer!) Filmed in 2018 at London’s Theatre Royal the production is directed by the original author of the show, Mark Bramble. This eye-watering extravaganza is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards (“Lullaby of Broadway”, “We’re in the Money (the gold digger’s song), “42nd Street” and more), and show-stopping ensemble production numbers. [NTL]

Starring: Bonnie Langford, Tom Lister, Clare Halse
Directors: Mark Bramble, Ross MacGibbon
Genre: Musical

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"Drury Lane’s 42nd Street is the most spectacular show in town!"

— Jonathan Baz Reviews

"Escapist fare, yes, but I predict happy feet and even happier audiences."

— Broadway World

"[42nd Street] socks you over the head with good old-fashioned spectacle."

— Time Out

"From the opening moments of 42nd Street you know you are in for a good night."

— The Daily Mail

"This vibrantly coloured staggeringly brilliant revival is the stuff that dreams are made of."

— Carn’s Theatre Passion

"Forget La La Land. If you want to see hot hoofing, go to Mark Bramble’s production of 42nd Street."

— The Guardian

"Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer stands out as she displays some of the most impressive tap one is ever likely to see."

— Music OMH

"The energy is well weighted, and each half’s finales are brilliantly explosive. It’s hard to imagine many people going home feeling hungry for more."

— Plays to See

"This is a show that will certainly tap your troubles away and leaves you beaming from the inside out. Infectious musical theatre joy of the highest calibre."

— London

"What makes 42nd Street such a roaring success and stunning show is its impeccable attention to detail. No money has been spared in creating the lavish costumes and set."

— Musical Theatre Review

"When that army of dancers gets going, when the rows of lights start twinkling and tap shoes hit the bleachers extending towards the audience from the back of the stage, it’s simply, overwhelmingly, stunning."

— The Stage