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'42nd Street' Brett Beiner

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42nd Street

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from July 23-Aug. 11
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from July 27-Aug. 11
2 p.m.
$34-$111
Theater

The celebrated musical 42nd Street, which premiered in 1980, was designed as a nostalgic throwback to the halcyon heyday of 1930s Broadway. Centering on the cast and crew of an upcoming production (focusing upon aspiring young ingénue Peggy Sawyer, tempestuous director Julian Marsh, and faded starlet Dorothy Brock), the razzle-dazzle spectacle explored the mythicized aura of musical theater wherein the glamour of the spotlight obscured the sacrifices exacted behind the curtain. While this new adaptation seeks to liberate the enduring tale from its period trappings, the enchanting spell of the stage has lost none of its potency. The vaunted standards of Al Dubin, Johnny Mercer, and Harry Warren (including “We’re in the Money” and “Lullaby of Broadway”) have been enlivened with funk-jazz arrangements by Everett Bradley that lend an exhilarating new scope to better serve the thrilling choreography of Jared Grimes. With a cast consisting of Tony Award winners Tamara Tunie (as Dorothy Brock) and Jarrod Emick (as Julian Marsh), emerging talents like Kimberly Immanuel (as Peggy Sawyer), and a kinetically charged ensemble, this Michael Heitzman-directed work will appeal to contemporary sensibilities, even while professing the everlasting attraction of Broadway dreams.