This week the press, celebrities and even royalty flocked to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to meet those dancing feet in Mark Bramble's latest revival of 42nd Street. Footage from the press night here.
Earlier in the year we were invited to a rehearsal for the show (read more about that here). At the rehearsal, Bramble promised that this production would be "an MGM colour version of 42nd Street" referring to the 1933 black and white musical comedy film of the same name. Boasting that the production would be a celebration of colour, scenery and costumes with more sequins, jewels and beads then we have ever seen!
42nd Street did not disappoint. From the moment the curtain rose only slightly to reveal 50 or so feet tapping away each in their own different coloured tap shoes, we knew these promises would be kept. This infectious musical is a spectacle of design, exactly what you'd expect from this giant Broadway show. Full of fun, it's impossible not to stop smiling from start to finish. A massive congratulations to the ensemble who steal the show with their fantastic, brilliant, dazzling, dancing feet. But don't just take our word see what the critics thought...
Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
"The Mother of all showbiz musicals ... 42nd Street is the Tyrannosaurus of tap."
Tim Bano, The Stage
"It roars where others purr .... When that army of dancers gets going, when the rows of lights start twinkling and tap shoes hit the bleachers extending towards the audience from the back of the stage, it’s simply, overwhelmingly, stunning."
Ann Treneman, The Times
“UTTERLY MOREISH EXTRAVAGANZA OF GLITZ”
Sarah Crompton, Whats On Stage
"The curtain rises on one of the most famous - and thrilling - images in musical theatre history. A long row of tapping feet, in perfect, noisy unison...It is, in my book, impossible not to like."
Dom O'Hanlon, London Theatre
"There’s a moment of indescribable exhilaration at the very start of this careful yet constantly surprising revival of 42nd Street which begins, as every production of the musical does, with the curtain rising a mere two foot to display the tapping feet of a stunning 40-strong ensemble. It’s the first of many heart-stopping moments throughout this new production that returns to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane"
Quentin Letts, The Daily Mail
"From the opening moments of 42nd Street you know you are in for a good night...Clack clack clack clack clack. Mesmerising."
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