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Overview


Synopsis

One of showbusiness’s most classic and beloved tales, 42nd Street tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

Peggy arrives to New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, armed with her tap shoes and big dreams. Peggy’s talent catches the eye of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh, who gives her a spot in the chorus of Pretty Lady, his newest show. Pretty Lady stars Dorothy Brock, the classic Broadway diva, who takes an instant dislike to the new girl in the cast. When Dorothy is injured during the show’s previews, Pretty Lady looks like it will have to close, unless a new girl talented enough to lead the show can be found — someone like Peggy Sawyer!

Peggy’s rise from showgirl to star is the stuff of show business dreams. 42nd Street is full of crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theatre standards, and show-stopping ensemble production numbers.


Characters

Female

Lead

Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano

Male

Lead

Baritone

Female

Lead

Alto



Show Information

Music
Lyrics
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2 Acts
Tony Award ®
Best Musical 1981
First Produced
1980
Genres
Comedy
Settings
Multiple Settings, Spectacle
Time & Place
new york city, 1933
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
Heavy
Ideal For
professional theatre, regional theatre, university theatre, high school theatre, community theatre, large cast, dance show
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult characters

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