42nd Street Young Performers Edition

Musical

Writers: Michael Stewart Mark Bramble Harry Warren Al Dubin

Overview

Show Information

Music
Lyrics
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
1
First Produced
2017
Genres
Comedy
Settings
Spectacle
Time & Place
New York City, 1933
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Recording
Dancing
Heavy
Ideal for
Community Theatre, Ensemble Cast, Elementary School, Large Cast, Middle School, Star Vehicle Female, Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA)
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes child, early teen, late teen characters

Synopsis

One of show business'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 in 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.

Lead Characters


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