Sunday 20 May 2018

West End return for 42nd Street musical

The musical will follow Charlie And The Chocolate Factory's run at the Theatre Royal
The musical will follow Charlie And The Chocolate Factory's run at the Theatre Royal

Classic backstage musical 42nd Street is set to return to the West End after more than 30 years.

The show, which features classic songs We're In The Money, Keep Young And Beautiful, I Only Have Eyes For You and Lullaby Of Broadway, will return to the theatre of its original UK run in 2017.

The new production will preview at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, from March 20 2017, ahead of press night on April 4.

Its first UK run was at the same theatre from 1984 to 1989, starring a then-unknown Catherine Zeta-Jones.

There have been various regional and touring productions since.

It will follow Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, which has previously announced it would be ending next year, at the venue.

The Tony Award-winning musical follows young Peggy Sawyer's arrival in New York from small-town America as she joins the chorus line of Broadway's newest show and tries to get a big break.

The new production will feature a cast of more than 50 high-kicking performers and will be directed by the show's author Mark Bramble.

Bramble said: "The original production had the look of a Warner Brothers black and white film. This time we're doing an MGM Technicolor version of 42nd Street with additional songs and dances.

"The theme of the show speaks louder today than ever before: follow your bliss and with talent and hard work, dreams can come true. I'm delighted that Linnit/Grade are bringing our song and dance extravaganza to the magnificent Theatre Royal, Drury Lane."

The production will run until October 14 2017.

Press Association

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