WAAPA brings ‘42nd Street’ back
From the moment the curtain rises on an impressive chorus line of tap-dancing feet, 42nd Street swings into the high-energy song and dance routines that have made it one of the world’s best-loved musical comedies.
Set in Depression-era New York, 42nd Street spins the classic showbiz tale of a young hopeful hoping to join the cast of her first Broadway show. When fading star Dorothy Brock breaks her leg onstage, director Julian Marsh plucks young Peggy Sawyer out of the ensemble and makes her a star.
Since its premiere in 1980, 42nd Street has picked up a swag of awards, including a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical. Now Perth audiences can enjoy 42nd Street’s brilliant dance routines, synchronized tap ensembles and memorable tunes – including such musical theatre gems as We’re in the Money, Lullaby of Broadway and the show-stopping title song – when the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) brings this all-time favourite Broadway musical comedy to the stage of The Regal Theatre from June 17-24.
Performed by 2nd and 3rd Year Music Theatre students and WAAPA Music students, 42nd Street is directed by Jason Langley and choreographed by Lisa O’Dea.
Photo: WAAPA’s 2009 cast of 42nd Street. Photo by Jon Green.