Catherine Zeta-Jones Visits and Heads Backstage at 42nd Street

The cast of 42nd Street got a special surprise on Saturday night (18th Nov) as Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones paid the show a visit, and headed backstage for a chat with the 58-strong company.

Zeta-Jones performed as part of the musical’s original London outing 33 years ago, which picked up both the Evening Standard Award and Olivier Award for Best New Musical. On her visit back to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the star showed off her own yellow-scarf which she’d kept from her time on the show as a good luck charm…

That 1984 production became the stuff of theatrical legend, due to life imitating art. After lead actress Barbara King and her understudy both fell ill, a teenage Catherine Zeta-Jones (who was second understudy) stepped up from the chorus to take the role of Peggy Sawyer.

It was Zeta-Jones’ big break, seeing her go on to become the most successful alumnus from the original production, hitting Hollywood stardom with credits including The Mask of ZorroEntrapment and the screen adaptation of Chicago.

Addressing the current company, the Swansea-born big-screen star said the new production blew her away, adding that each and every member of the cast was “so amazing” and that she cried “all the way through”.

You can watch the full video below.

42nd Street is currently playing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with tickets available HERE.

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