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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.

Sheena Easton plays Dorothy Brock, and there's no doubt that she lives up to the huge expectations that come with a career spanning 20 years. Easton is top of her game; she’s comedy gold and her vocals are stand out.

Tom Lister (Julian Marsh) matched his leading ladies brilliantly. He offered us a complex and compelling character, which can sometimes be lost in the world of musical theatre. Not only that, but he has a belting voice.

Although the lead actors are marvellous and Halse secures herself as the star of the show, the reason this production is so watchable is because of its incredible and iconic choreography. With a cast of 55, the glitzy show numbers are awe-inspiring. The talent definitely gives you a ‘are they really doing that?’ moment. When the iconic 42nd Street Staircase sweeps onto the Theatre Royal stage it truly is breath taking.

A sure fire hit with a stellar cast, 42nd Street is a musical that will continue to delight audiences for years to come.

Tickets start from £17.50. You can find out more here.  

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