42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Big news comes out of the West End today as the hit Broadway show 42nd Street has been revealed as the next production to head to the stage of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The Award-winning musical has been a popular one since it first emerged in the early 1980s and managed to bag a Laurence Olivier Award during its West End run in 1984, so this will be welcome news for Theatreland aficionados.
The story focuses on the character of Peggy Sawyer, who swaps her small-town home for the bright lights of New York City. Amongst the shows of Broadway she has never felt so small, but her chance of success is just around the corner. The leading actress of a major production has sustained an injury and as a member of the chorus line, producers turn to her to pick up the mantel. Could this land her in the spotlight?
The show is a celebration of all things Broadway and features some celebrated musical numbers, including the title song 42nd Street alongside I Only Have Eyes For You, Keep Young And Beautiful, Dames and Lullaby Of Broadway, amongst many others.
The cast has yet to be reveled for the production, though we do know that Mark Bramble is set to direct. If audiences recognise the name it is because he also penned the show (he wrote the book with Michael Stewart in the 1980s) and so fans can be sure that he will treat the material with respect.
“The original production had the look of a Warner Brothers black and white film”, Bramble says.
“This time we’re doing an MGM Technicolor version of 42nd Street with additional songs and dances. The theme of the show speaks louder today than ever before: follow your bliss and with talent and hard work dreams can come true.
“I’m delighted that Linnit/Grade are bringing our song and dance extravaganza to the magnificent Theatre Royal Drury Lane”.
The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is currently the home of the famous production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from director Sam Mendes. That production remains at the venue until January 2017, with 42nd Street replacing it in March.