Theatre Review: 42nd Street @ Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
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The glitz and glamour of Broadway's biggest musical has been revived and is currently showing on London’s biggest stage, at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The musical tells the story of ‘Pretty Lady’, a new musical hoping to make it big. Peggy Sawyer is a fresh faced chorus girl who gets a shot at stardom when the leading lady gets injured. No penny was spared on the creation of this production. It has all the sparkle and shine that you would expect. The sets are bold but the costumes are bolder. It’s absolutely stunning to watch the huge ensemble perform is such gorgeous dress. Visually, the production is an absolute treat. The first act starts with a bang, with the ensemble already showing off their tap skills. Unfortunately, on the whole, the first act is rather slow. The high point is certainly being introduced to Clare Halse as Peggy: she is astonishing. For such a petite young woman, Halse has the ability to absolutely own her place on that stage - an ultimate triple threat with exceptional tap skills.
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