REVIEW: 42ND STREET (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) ★★★★★

Come and meet those dancing feet, Forty-Second Street

42nd Street opened in the West End last night at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane with a huge cast of over fifty actors, singers and tap dancers. Heading up the cast is Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton as Dorothy Brock.

The 1980 Broadway Musical hasn’t been seen in the West End since 1984 but recently toured the UK in 2012 with a much smaller production than the one that has just hit the West End.

Peggy Sawyer has packed her bags and headed to New York with dreams of becoming a dancer. She auditions to be a chorus girl in the musical Pretty Lady but when the star Dorothy Brock injurs herself, Peggy is thrust in to the limelight and becomes a huge star herself. But will the bright lights of Broadway suck Peggy in, or will she remain true to her chorus girl roots?

Sheena Easton is surprisingly good as Dorothy Brock. She gives an impressive performance and boy can she sing! Tom Lister is equally impressive as Julian Marsh and Jasna Ivir and Christopher Howell provide the entertainment in the show as producers Maggie and Bert. But it is Clare Halse and Stuart Neal who steal the show as Peggy Sawyer and Billy Lawlor. Them chemistry between them is wonderful and they dance like a dream.

42nd Street is a spectacle. If you don’t like tap dancing then this probably isn’t the show for you as although its a musical (featuring the hit songs Lullaby of Broadway, We’re In The Money and of course 42nd Street), the main focus is around the dancing and it is pretty incredible to watch. Fifty people tap dancing on stage together at the same time! That alone is worth a trip to 42nd Street.

Reviewed by West End Wilma
Photos: Brinkhoff & Moegenburg

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42nd Street is currently booking until 6 September 2017. Book tickets