Come and meet…..those dancing feet….and your happiness will be complete. From Second One of this flashy, fanciful, felicitous production of one of our national treasures–42nd Street–you’re swept into a world of color and joy that will buoy your soul and hammer your heart.
The grand bones of The Hollywood Pantages Theatre is the absolute perfect venue to catch the national tour company’s splashy and sassy showcase of some of the most tour-de-force tap-dancing on Earth, to some of our most-beloved songs. (My personal favorite being “You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me.”) Other fabulous moments include renditions of Harry Warren and Al Dubin’s delightful tunes “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”
Set in depression-era New York, this production is masterfully led by Matthew J. Taylor as Julian Marsh, legendary Broadway director, and he reminds my friend and me a little of a young Leo DeCaprio, complete with devastating dimples and a commanding presence.
With book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, and based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd STREET tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer (the perky and indefatigable Caitlin Ehlinger) 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 on the eve of opening night, Peggy takes over and becomes the show’s star.
Standout performances include Blake Stadnik as the melodramatic suitor Billy Lawlor, who easily has the production’s finest vocal instrument and and dance chops to go with it, and Lamont Brown as stage manager Andy Lee, who delivers a strong, crisp performance.
If you’re looking for subtlety, this is not the production for you. If you’re looking for unapologetic, inexhaustible joy, fabulous music, absolutely incredible dancing, costumes and staging–then get your dancing feet to the box office in a New York minute! And bring your kids. There’s not one second of this production where you’ll have to cover their eyes or ears–an old-fashioned luxury that’s becoming rarer by the minute in America.
Just try to get them to stop being starry-eyed with excitement as the troupe performs a dazzling rendition of “We’re in the Money” dressed in a cornucopia of gold and glitter, tapping on top of outsized nickels! It positively stops your heart– in a good way.
Busby Berkeley would be proud down to his cotton socks.
42nd STREET plays through June 19th at the Hollywood Pantages Theater. Tickets are currently on sale to the general public at online at www.HollywoodPantages.com or www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-982-2787. Groups of 10 or more are now available by visiting www.PantagesGroups.com or by calling 866-755-3075. Tickets start at $29.