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Review: 42nd Street (Theatre Royal Drury Lane)

Tuesday, 23rd Jan 2018  

42nd Street Review - Theatre Royal Drury Lane

A trip to Theatre Royal Drury Lane is a night out in itself. If you can, I would advise that you book for one of the brilliant tours of the theatre during the day. The history contained in one of London’s largest and most famous theatres is just the thing to put you in the mood for this glorious production that pays homage to Broadway’s golden age – 42nd Street.

Staring life as a film and adapted for the stage in the 1980’s, Tony Award Winning director Michael Bramble’s production will leave you with a huge smile on your face and powerless to stop tapping your feet. This a zero to hero story of an aspiring chorus girl from small town America who, through a series of unfortunate events, is thrust into the leading role of a new Broadway Musical The scale is impressive, The talent on stage even more so. With multiple rigorous and energetic tap numbers that seem to get better and better as the evening goes on.  This is a cast who’s talent bursts off the stage and overwhelms the audience with spectacle and joy. It is a love letter to the big, bold bygone days of musical theatre that is a more than welcome fixture in the London theatre scene.

It has all the pizazz you’d expect from a musical set on the most famous street in musical theatre history. Dramatic and bold at every opportunity, the sumptuous orchestra ensures that classic numbers like Lullaby of Broadway, We’re In The Money and 42nd Street have never sounded better. 

Excellent performances across the whole company but special mentions should go to former Bond singer Sheena Easton as Dorothy Brock, Tom Lister as director Julian Marsh and the sensational Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer. This is a show you have to catch in all its glamorous glory.

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