42nd Street

Musical

Writers: Michael Stewart Mark Bramble Harry Warren Al Dubin

Context

The story of 42nd Street, has become a timeless classic in the history of American show business. The tale of Peggy Sawyer, a small-town girl who gets her big break on Broadway, was originally conceived in a novel of the same name by Bradford Ropes in 1932.

The story was quickly scooped up and adapted for film by Warner Brothers. The film, 42nd Street, was directed by Lloyd Bacon and choreographed by Busby Berkeley, one of the most popular choreographers of the day. It starred Ruby Keeler (Peggy Sawyer), Bebe Daniels (Dorothy Brock), Warner Baxter (Julian Marsh), Dick Powell (Billy Lawler),

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