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Lulu cast in 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Wednesday, 28th Feb 2018  

42nd Street - Theatre Royal Drury Lane

There have already been a range of iconic performers cast in West End productions this year, with Ian McKellen announced for King Lear, Michael Ball revealed for Chess and Cuba Gooding, Jr. cast in Chicago, to name but a few.

But now there is another to add to the list as Lulu, the well known singer of songs like Shout, will be joining the cast of 42nd Street, the popular musical revival that has been running at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane since March 2017. She will play Dorothy Brock alongside another newcomer in the form of Ashley Day as Billy Lawlor.

The lead character of 42nd Street is Peggy Sawyer (who continues to be played by Clare Halse) and she just relocated to New York, having put small town life behind her. After arriving in the Big Apple she is given the job on the chorus line of a major Broadway production. At first she is one of many performers vying for the spotlight but she soon lands a huge opportunity as the leading lady, Dorothy (Lulu), sustains an injury and producers cast their eyes on Peggy to take her place.

The uplifting musical also features an array of songs like I Only Have Eyes For You, We’re In The Money and There’s A Sunny Side To Every Situation, amongst various others.

Lulu, when she steps into the role of Dorothy Brock, will be returning to a West End stage for the first time in decades. Best known as a singer, she also made her way to the capital in the 1980s to appear in various productions, including Guys and Dolls at the National Theatre alongside Clarke Peters (of Five Guys Named Moe fame) and under the direction of Richard Eyre.

And now she makes her triumphant return to the capital, also starring alongside Tom Lister, Emma Caffrey, Jasna Ivir, Matthew Goodgame, Graeme Henderson, Christopher Howell, Bruce Montague and Mark McKerracher.

Lulu joins 42nd Street on 19th March 2018. The production is currently booking at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for performances up to November.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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