First, I should warn you that this show is FULL ON HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR! (if I could make the letters sparkle, I would 😉
It has all the ingredients of the old Hollywood 1933 Musical Blockbuster, but there’s just so much more to soak in when it’s LIVE – Living and breathing, right in front of you – It’s magical.
Take a look at the trailer to see what I am gushing about!
I was lucky enough to be invited to the press night and apart from telling you about all the fantastic celebrities that I bumped into, or how beautiful the Duchess of Cambridge looked, or how I cried when they gave her a pair of Tap Dance Shoes, I will show you instead.
I could just end the review here, to be honest, but I’m sure you’d like me to go into a little more detail as to why I loved it so much and why I recommend that you see it?
So here goes 🙂 ….
The story follows top director Julian Marsh, played by Tom Lister, as he embarks on launching his new musical at the height of the Great Depression.
We meet the hardworking dancers and choreographer rehearsing hard and learn that the huge star, Dorothy Brock played by Sheena Easton will be the star of the show, even though, she apparently cannot dance to the standard required by Mr Marsh, her name will attract audiences, and audiences = money and a successful show.
Peggy Sawyer, played by Clare Halse, arrives late for the audition for the new show and somehow manages to make herself quite memorable in her attempts to rectify the situation and be noticed by Julian Marsh.
Peggy makes friends with some of the company and eventually a spot opens in the ensemble and she is ushered in, but the plot twists and Peggy finds herself in a position to become a real star, but can she pull it off?
THE SET & COSTUMES
The stage is huge, the set is basic at first, as we are introduced to the many dancers auditioning for the new musical show. (see below)
At the back there is a huge door to create the feeling of a large warehouse rehearsal space, and, yes, the door opens.
There is also a beautiful railway station scene where the choreography, on & off and up & down the steps are just mesmerising….
Talking of steps… When the set changed to this (See below) – THIS WAS TRULY A MAGICAL MOMENT! When I think of 42nd Street, I used to think of this iconic moment, all the Tap dancers performing on the glittery staircase.
Now I have a new favourite scene that I picture – The Mirrors Scene – My jaw literally fell to the ground when I saw this, you really need to experience this in real life in order to appreciate the pure magic and genius of it – just breathtaking.
There were also other beautiful set pieces, including when Dorothy was on a balcony on top of a building that turned as she sang & the coin podiums the dancers tapped on during ‘We’re in the Money’ song.
The costumes were 1930’s style day wear, but the show costumes were true Hollywood with full glitz and sparkle, no expense had been spared, of course dancing shoes, were Tap dance shoes 😉
MUSIC & DANCE
I liked all the songs, I also knew quite a few of them, most musicals have a couple of songs that you’d skip or at least fast forward if you could, but not this soundtrack.
My favourites are, ‘We’re in the Money’, ’42nd Street’ and ‘Keep Young and Beautiful’
The choreography was perfect, the dancers were so technically perfect, you could tell they were trained in Ballet as well as amazing at Tap. It was true hollywood choreography, it all gelled well with the costumes, set and lighting.
I need to see this again, very soon and if you like what you’ve read and seen, grab your ticket now!
Magical and mesmerising – perfect escapism 🙂
Venue: Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF
Tickets – www.42ndstreetmusical.co.uk
Days/Times: Monday – Friday – 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesdays & Saturdays – 2.30pm
Currently booking until October 2017.