The classic Broadway musical, “42nd Street” never gets old when it’s done right: with mind-blowing choreography, intricate dazzling costumes, and an ensemble with tap dancing skills that will make your head spin.
TROIKA Entertainment, LLC’s national tour of “42nd Street” has made their stop in the heart of Hollywood at the iconic Hollywood Pantages theater and it’s a spectacular spectacle! If you’re a fan of musical theater, this is a must see.
Many won’t recall Bradford Ropes’ novel, which the musical is based on, but you might remember Busby Berkeley and Lloyd Bacon’s 1933 movie starring Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers. In the heart of the depression, this story lifted audiences. And still today you can’t help but smile from ear to ear and yearn to dance along with each musical number.
The story follows a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical "Pretty Lady." When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star. Sure, it’s cliché, but boy is it entertaining.
This sparkling new production is directed by co-author Mark Bramble and brilliantly choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award® winning "Best Revival." With every classic, from “We’re In The Money” to “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street,” the cast mezmerizes with their powerhouse vocal talent.
Matthew J. Taylor brings great gumption to the role of the notorious director Julian Marsh. Kaitlin Lawrence shines with her beautiful voice, portraying Dorothy Brock and Caitlin Ehlinger is sweet-as-pie playing newcomer Peggy Sawyer. Britte Steele as the energetic and fun-loving Maggie Jones certainly has her scene stealing moments.
Other cast members include: Steven Bidwell (Bert Barry), Mark Fishback (Abner Dillon), DJ Canaday (Pat Denning), Blake Stadnik (Billy Lawlor), Natalia Lepore Hagan (Annie), Carlos Morales (Mac/Doc/Thug), Lamont Brown (Andy Lee), Rob Ouellette (Oscar), Vanessa Mitchell (Lorraine), Sarah Fagan (Diane) and Mallory Nolting (Phyllis).
There may be starring roles, but the ensemble of singers and dancers truly bring the show to life. They are: Matthew Alexander, Emily Blake Anderson, Brittany Bigelow, Allison Blanchard, Molly Jean Blodgett, Stephanie Brooks, Taylore Burke, Mitchell Canfield, Joel Chambers, Kahlia Davis, Tricia DeSario, Lucia Foster, Kelly Gleason, Patrick Heffernan, Tommy Joscelyn, Brady Miller, Mandy Modic, Georgina Moore, Courtney Moran, Jocelyn Moss, Alicia Newcom, Tanner Outly and Michael Persson.
Grab your dancing shoes and shuffle your way over to the Pantages! The show runs until June 19th!
Groups of 10 or more are now available by visiting www.PantagesGroups.com or by calling 866-755-3075. Tickets start at $29.
By Pamela Price