Pictured: Lamont Brown as Andy Lee (center in yellow) and Company in “Audition.” Photo by Chris Bennion.
The classic 42nd STREET brings those dancing feet to The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with a new production under the direction of Mark Bramble and choreography by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony award-winning revival.
Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd STREET tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a starry-eyed young dancer who leaves her quiet Allentown home for New York City to audition for the new Broadway musical, PRETTY LADY. When the legendary leading lady breaks her ankle, underdog Peggy takes over and, against all odds, becomes a star.
With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, 42nd STREET is the tap dance extravaganza that is essentially Broadway’s “reality show” filled with backstage drama centered around the American dream of becoming a star. Musically, it includes some of the most notable standards ever written, including “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”
The original production of 42nd STREET was produced in 1980 on Broadway by David Merrick and featured direction and choreography by Gower Champion. It played on Broadway for 3,486 performances, winning 1981 Tony awards for best musical and best choreography. The Broadway revival, which opened in 2001, played for 1,524 performances and earned two Tony awards including Best Revival of a Musical.