Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Reviewed on Saturday 20th May 2017 by Sebastian Singh
Photo Credit: Brinkhoff & Moegenburg
A stunning spectacle, 42nd Street has picked one of the largest theatres in the West End and fills every single part of it. The story follows Peggy Sawyer from a background chorus girl to a shining star, with many twists and turns on the way. This production is old-style musical theatre done at its very best.
Mark Bramble’s direction is fantastic on this large-scale show; everything about this is big- masses of costumes, lots of set and a cast of around 50 people. Bramble produces a slick and sentimental trip down memory lane that is a joy to watch. Coupled with Randy Skinner’s choreography, 42nd Street is, at times, breath-taking! Tap routines that fill the stage, glitzy costumes and the girls’ mirror routine made famous in the original film, all help transport the audience back to this glorious era.
The ensemble in this show are sublime: filled with energy and precision, they do not put a foot wrong and help to elevate this show into something the West End has not seen for many years. It feels like Broadway has found its home and with the sheer volume of cast on stage, it is a glorious feast for all the senses.
Stand out performances came from two of the leads in this shows. Sheena Easton as Dorothy Brock acted the part to perfection and her singing voice beautifully suits this style of show, soaring through every single number. Clare Halse is incredible as Peggy Sawyer- not only does she grow through the performance from a shy girl into a star but her dance skills are exceptional. The final two dance routines were mesmerising!
If you love musical theatre, treat yourself to this show- you will not be disappointed!
This production is booking until Saturday 10th February 2018.