42nd Street

42nd Street

Music by
Harry Warren
Lyrics by
Al Dubin
Book by
Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble
Based on the Novel by
Bradford Ropes
Original Direction and Dances by
Gower Champion
Originally Produced on
Broadway by

David Merrick
Revival Choreography by
Randy Skinner

July 18 – August 5

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The ultimate show-biz musical! Small-town Peggy Sawyer is on the hunt for her big break in a depression-era New York City teeming with savvy chorus girls, imperious aging divas, and cut-throat directors. Bursting with show-stopping dance numbers and countless beloved Broadway standards including We’re In the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, and 42nd Street, this Tony Award-winning favorite will knock your tap shoes right off!

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Directed by Robert Sella
Choreography Recreated and Adapted by Matthew Kilgore
Music Directed by 
Katie Siegmund
Stage Managed by:
Kristin M. Herrick*
Assistant Stage Managed by 
Brian R. Sekinger* & Kelsey Koga

Scenic & Lighting Designer: Matthew Imhoff
Costume Designer: Becky Bodurtha+

Guest Artists:
Abner Dillon: 
Scott Sweatt
Bert Barry: Edward Tolve*
Billy Lawler:
Spencer S. Lawson*
Dorothy Brock:
Serena Brook*
Jackie Pageau
Julian Marsh: Ethan Watermeier*
Pat Denning, u/s Julian Marsh:
Chris Cherin
Winnie, u/s Maggie Jones & Anytime Annie:
Aiden Ankli
Ensemble, u/s Billy Lawler: 
Kevin Dort

Drums: Brandon Wong
Trumpet: Jane Sykes
Trombone: Tara Fayazi
Reed 1: Jordan Standlee
Reed 2: Brett Gregory
Rehearsal AccompanistJ. Kathleen Castellanos

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association +Denotes membership in United Scenic Artists

Program Note

“Grab your tap shoes, Francis!”

by Wynne DeMille & Cindy Johnson

As the title suggests, this glitzy musical reflects the energy, bustle, and glamour of New York theatre’s best known address. 42nd Street is a classic showbiz tale, where a “raw kid from the chorus” goes in the revolving door of show biz as a youngster and comes out a star.

Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from Allentown, PA, when she lands herself a spot in famed director Julian Marsh’s next big hit, starring the sultry Dorothy Brock. But, when an injury knocks Ms. Brock off her pedestal, the fallen star is dislodged by the lucky young Peggy. Desperate to climb her way back to the top, Dorothy stops at nothing to try and get herself back on stage, including cozying up to the Texas moneyman producing the musical. Meanwhile, Peggy finds the pressures of center stage overwhelming, but with the help of her friends from the chorus she finds the star inside herself and taps her way into the spotlight. All of these shenanigans and mishaps stand in the way of Julian Marsh putting together the hit show that he’s praying will cement his legacy as Broadway’s greatest director!

This well-loved musical started life as a novel by Bradford Robes. In 1933 it was adapted for the silver screen, with original choreography by Busby Berkeley. Busby created kaleidoscopic, luscious fantasies for the film, helping it earn a nomination for Best Picture at the 1933 Academy Awards and inspired producer David Merrick to adapt it for the stage in 1980. Merrick is remembered as one of Broadway’s most powerful impresarios, and for 42nd Street he assembled a crack team led by director/choreographer Gower Champion, book by Bradford Ropes, and music by the songwriting team of lyricist Al Dubin and composer Harry Warren. The musical can be considered a jukebox musical, of sorts, featuring Dubin & Warren songs not only from the original 42nd Street film but from their other films, such as Gold Diggers of 1933, Roman Scandals, Dames, and Go into Your Dance.

42nd Street proved to be Merrick’s last and greatest producing triumph, a perfect swansong for both Merrick and Champion (who sadly passed away on opening day). As a fitting epitaph to both Merrick’s and Champion’s work, 42nd Street went on to run for 3,486 performances and win Tony Awards for both Best Choreography and Best Musical.

42nd Street has a rich history at the Barn, with the Dames last tapping across the stage as part of our 60th Anniversary Season in 2006. This time, we’re thrilled to have choreographer Matthew Kilgore setting a combination of both Gower Champion’s and Randy Skinner’s award-winning choreography. Not a step has been changed, nothing has been been diluted; you’re getting a true Broadway experience, here in New London! So sit back, relax, and enjoy “those tapping feet” down on 42nd Street!