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42nd Street 2011

Forty Second Street

(42nd Street)

Music by HARRY WARREN
Lyrics by AL DUBIN
Book by MICHAEL STEWART & MARK BRAMBLE
Based on the novel by BRADFORD ROPES
Direction & Dance by GOWER CHAMPION
Originally produced on Broadway by DAVID MERRICK

An amateur performance by arrangement with Musicscope
and Stage Musicals Limited Of New York

16 - 19 February 2011

7.30 p.m. each evening and 2.30 p.m. Saturday Matinee

Hind Leys Theatre
Forest St, Shepshed, Leics., LE12 9DB

 
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CAST

Dorothy Brock Beckie Davey
Julian Marsh Chris Dukes
Peggy Sawyer Rowan Beaumont
Billy Lawlor Christian Darnell
Maggie Jones Rebecca Dobson
Bert Barry George Evans
Andy Lee Jacob Leeson
Anytime Annie Amy North
Phyllis Dale Lottie Heimes
Lorraine Fleming Ellie WIlliamson
Pat Denning Aaron Richardson
Abner Dillon Craig Nash
Gillian MacKeith (Mac) - Stage Manager Alex Oliver
Diane Jordan Horn
Millie Lizzie Walker
Robin Loren Hill
Winnie April Briers
Gladys Rebecca O'Flynn
Waitress Jennifer Bood
Thugs Owen Lingard & Sam Bruce
Woman With Clipboard Becca Beasley
Doctor Owen Lingard
Police Alex Oliver & April Briers
Gangster

Sam Bruce

Gangster's Moll Emily Phelps
Pickpocket Rosie Morris

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CREDITS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Producer & Director Adrian Dobson
Musical Director Hazel Needham
Choreographer Wendy Spencer
Assistant Director Ryan Barnes
Assistant Choreographers Charlotte Hall & Michelle Spencer
Costume Director Sue Penver
Technical Director James White
Lighting/Sound/Technical Crew Darren Spencer & Jonathan Painting
Stage Manager Lynsey Bloomfield
Stage Crew Adam Green, Alan Jamieson, Ashley Moulton, Chris Wilson,
Howard Rogerson, James Daw, Jarrod Makin, Judith Moulton,
Laura Penver, Lee Brookes & Mark Perry
Set Provided By Scenic & Property Hire, Wales
Props Andy Marmoy & Rachel Gaffney
Front Of House Manager Julia Painting
Box Office Jane Evans & Julia Daniels
Make Up & Hair Charlotte Hall, Michelle Spencer, Sue Penver
& Wendy Spencer
Costume & Production Assistant Becky Bakewell
Poster, Programme & Photography Nigel Painting
Publicity Adrian Dobson & Michelle Spencer
Fundraising Sue Penver & Jane Evans
Chaperones Maxine O'Flynn, Rachel Gaffney, Rachel Holdgkinson,
Teresa Lingard & Tina Phelps
Videography Wallis Videos
Additional Thanks Hind Leys College Principal, Caretakers, Theatre & Community Staff, in particular, Steve Dootson & Hema Majithia; Christchurch Methodist Church; Shepshed Scouts;
Shepshed Town Council: Loughborough University Drama Department; Our Patrons; Our Front Of House Volunteers;
and anyone else who has assisted or supported us in any way for this production

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SYNOPSIS

The Story of 42nd Street

Act 1
Andy Lee, the dance director, is auditioning kids for the chorus. Mac, the stage manager, and Billy Lawlor, the show's romantic lead, watch the boys and girls go through their paces. (Audition/Opening Number). The writers, Bert Barry and Maggie Jones, catch the end of the number. They like what they see, but warn the dancers that at $4.40 per seat the audience will demand real hoofing. Names and addresses are taken as the pretty, young, Peggy Sawyer bounds on stage. She has spent an hour getting up courage to try out but missed the whole audition. Billy, ever the wolf, introduces himself, tries to make a date, then gets her to sing for Andy. Peggy ties her good-luck scarf around her neck before she starts (Young and Healthy).

The girl is good, very good. But Andy, told Mr. Marsh just arrived, has no time for latecomers. As Peggy rushes out, she bumps into Julian. Maggie finds Peggy's purse on the piano. Besides a four-leaf clover and a rabbit's foot, there's only 40 cents in it. She's sure the kid from Allentown will be back.

Meanwhile Bert and Maggie try to soft-soap Julian about the prospects for the show. He's not that sure, admitting Wall Street got him and he needs a hit badly. He has more qualms about the cast, especially Dorothy Brock, the leading lady. She's been over the hill for 10 years, but her sugar daddy, Abner Dillon, will invest $100,000, providing she stars.
When Dorothy and Abner arrive, she tells Julian how she has dreamed of working with the King of Broadway. She's very humble until he suggests she try out a number. Abner reminds him that Dorothy has already got the job and doesn't have to audition for anyone. If Julian insists, Dorothy lets it be known she'll quit and take Abner and his money away with her. Bert and Maggie calm her down, explaining they just want to be sure her song is in the right key so Julian can work his stage magic (Shadow Waltz).

Peggy comes back, searching for her purse. Maggie invites her to lunch with three of the chorus girls, Annie, Phyllis and Lorraine. The five start out, practicing a dance as they go.
At the Gypsy Tea Kettle the girls can't believe how naive Peggy is. They spell out the Broadway facts of life for her, and as they dance back toward the theatre they advise her how to get a job in a chorus (Go Into Your Dance). It turns into an audition for Peggy when Andy comes by, but ends abruptly when Julian runs into them and orders the kids back into rehearsal. But he likes Peggy's talent and tells Andy they need an "extra" girl. She's hired on the spot and sent backstage.

Dorothy and Billy rehearse a love scene. Abner objects, saying he won't put up his good money to watch the lady he loves kissing an actor. The smooch is cut. Billy and Dorothy shake hands instead (You're Getting To Be a Habit With Me).

Peggy, still starved, faints and is carried to Miss Brock's dressing room. Pat Denning, Dorothy's former vaudeville partner and lover, is there and tries to make her comfortable. Dorothy surprises them and blows up, figuring he's two-timing her. Overhearing the argument and worrying about Abner's investment, Julian orders her to get rid of Pat. When she in turn tells him to mind his own business, he calls in “a favour” - sending a couple of boys around to persuade Pat to get lost for a few weeks. Pat gets the "message" and leaves word for Dorothy that he's gone to Philadelphia.

The Atlantic City tryout is cancelled and Philadelphia substituted. The entire company takes off for the Arch Street Theatre (Getting Out of Town), and they start the dress rehearsal straight away (Dames).

Julian is pleased, but Dorothy is unhappy about how little she has to do. He says that's how it's going to be and suggests the cast go out and relax. They throw a party and Peggy asks Julian if he's coming. Charmed by her, he decides that's a good idea. Dorothy is there, slightly worse for drink and, missing Pat, tells Abner where he can take his money. He's ready to close the show, but the kids talk him out of it. When Dorothy locates Pat, Julian calls in a favour again. Remembering Pat's kindness, Peggy tries to warn him, infuriating Dorothy, who just doesn’t understand and she reflects (I Only Have Eyes For You) and this doubles as Billy’s opener for “Pretty Lady”

It's a great opening and in one production number four ragamuffins find a single dime in a subway grating. They're rich (We're In the Money).

Dorothy rushes on to lead the Act I finale. As the dancers come on stage, Peggy accidently knocks her down. Dorothy can't get up. Enraged, Julian has the curtain dropped, fires Peggy and informs the audience that the rest of the performance is cancelled.

Act 2
Backstage, a doctor tells Julian that Dorothy has a broken ankle. Calling Dorothy a trouper, Maggie suggests an Ace bandage will cure it. But Julian says forget it - "Pretty Lady" will close for good. The cast hears the bad news while they are at their dressing tables (Sunny Side To Every Situation). Annie wonders why - all that's needed is a replacement, and she's sure Peggy would be great. The kids agree and rush to the stage to convince Julian.

He buys the idea but Peggy has already left. It's up to him to get her back. He races to the station, hoping to catch her. She's still there, waiting for the Allentown train, convinced show business isn't for her. Julian pleads that only she can save them all. Soon the entire company shows up, and they talk her into staying on (Lullaby of Broadway).

Back in New York, at the 42nd Street Theatre, "Pretty Lady" must open in exactly 36 hours. All Peggy has to learn: 25 pages, six songs and 10 dance routines. The rehearsals are frantic. Peggy is overwhelmed, discouraged, too bone-weary to care. Julian keeps her at it, pushing, pushing, pushing.

It's "half hour" to curtain when Dorothy, leg in cast, is wheeled into Peggy's dressing room. She confesses she finally realized that Pat was all she ever wanted and that they have married. She wishes Peggy all the best and even coaches her on how to handle and audience (About a Quarter To Nine).

Suddenly it's 8:40, time for "Places, please!" And so the Broadway curtain comes up on "Pretty Lady" (Shuffle Off To Buffalo).

Peggy, totally drained, tells Julian she can't continue, can't remember another lyric. He pushes just once more, stressing how great she will be. Grabbing her lucky scarf, he orders her to go (42nd Street).

The show is a smash. Miss Peggy Sawyer is an overnight sensation - a star. Still, it doesn't go to her head. When invited to a society celebration at the Ritz and to a cast party at Lorraine's, Peggy opts for the kids' gathering. And tells Julian how swell it would be if he came too. She leaves, and the director, back on top, sings of the glory of 42nd Street (Act 2 Finale (42nd Street)).

 


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MUSICAL NUMBERS

ACT ONE  
Overture Orchestra
Audition/Opening Number Orchestra/Ensemble
Young And Healthy Billy & Peggy
Shadow Waltz Maggie, Dorothy & Ensemble
Go Into Your Dance Maggie, Annie, Phyllis, Lorraine, Peggy & Andy
You're Getting to Be A Habit With Me Dorothy
Getting Out of Town Maggie, Bert, Pat & Ensemble
Dames Billy & Ensemble
I Only Have Eyes For You Dorothy & Billy
We're In The Money Annie, Phyllis, Lorraine, Peggy, Billy & Ensemble
Act 1 Finale (42nd Street) Dorothy
   
ACT TWO  
Entr'acte Orchestra
Sunny Side To Every Situation Annie & Ensemble
Lullaby Of Broadway Julian, Billy, Andy, Bert, Annie, Phyllis, Lorraine, Maggie, Abner & Ensemble
About A Quarter To Nine Dorothy & Peggy
Shuffle Off To Buffalo Bert, Annie, Maggie & Ensemble
42nd Street Peggy & Ensemble
Act 2 Finale (42nd Street) Julian
Bows Ensemble

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