LatestMusicalReviews42nd Street: UK Tour

A dazzling production full of heart! Toe-tappingly incredible, an oldie but a goldie, a must see!
12 August 202395/1004299 min
UK National Tour
UK Premiere
8 August 1984
Revival Premiere
17 May 2023
Running Time
2hrs 35mins
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This dazzling production has left audiences in awe with its stunning choreography, captivating performances, and intricate set designs. The energy and talent of the cast shine through in every tap routine, transporting the audience to the glamorous world of Broadway's golden era.

A stunning, toe-tappingly, sensational production! We were thrilled to see this production in our home city of Plymouth! The show really did not disappoint. A musical masterpiece. 42nd Street is an oldie but an absolute goldie, it really shines a light on the golden days of musicals.

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Step into a world of pure theatrical magic as “42nd Street: The Musical” graces the stage of the illustrious Theatre Royal Plymouth. This production is not just a musical; it’s a symphony of talent, glamour, and boundless energy that transports the audience to the golden age of Broadway with an unmatched flair.

From the moment the curtain rises, you’re swept away by a whirlwind of sensational choreography that pays homage to the elegance and pizzazz of 1930s showbiz. The dance sequences are nothing short of mesmerizing, as a bevy of exceptional dancers tap, twirl, and leap with an infectious exuberance that’s utterly contagious. Each move is executed with precision, each step a testament to the dedication and artistry of the performers in front of your very eyes.

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A Glorious Ode to the Golden Era

The melodies that fill the air are like nostalgic echoes of a bygone era, carried by the voices of the cast that seem to possess an otherworldly range and depth. The harmonies are harmonious, the solos are soul-stirring, and the ensemble numbers are simply electrifying. The orchestra, perfectly poised in the pit, weaves the music together in a symphonic tapestry that envelops the audience, making the theatre itself come alive.

And oh, the costumes! Every glittering ensemble, every sparkling gown, every dapper suit is a work of sartorial brilliance, we want a few! Imagine, you would be the belle of the ball and the talk of the town! The costumes not only transport you back in time but also add an extra layer of grandeur to the entire production, emphasizing the sheer opulence of the era.

But beyond the technical brilliance lies a cast that brings heart and soul to their characters. The camaraderie among the ensemble is palpable, their chemistry igniting the stage with a genuine sense of camaraderie and passion. The leads command the spotlight with charisma and emotion, making you laugh, cry, and cheer in equal measure.

Stellar Cast that Shines Bright

Leading this star-studded stellar cast is none other than the captivating Samantha Womack as Dorothy Brock. Her voice? Oh, it’s like velvet dipped in honey, casting a spell on the audience from the very first note. She embodies her character with a finesse that’s both captivating and enchanting, making every moment she’s on stage a true delight.

Faye Tozer as Maggie Jones plays with such charm and elegance throughout. Michael Praed as Julian March. Les Dennis as the charming Bert Barry!

And then, there’s Nicole-Lily Baisden as Peggy Sawyer – a true diamond. Her performance shines with an intensity that’s spellbinding. You can see her dreams and ambitions glistening like stars as she takes the stage, giving a performance that’s not just incredible, but utterly unforgettable.

But wait, this production isn’t just about the marquee names. It’s a constellation of talent, a plethora of performers who bring their A-game to create a harmonious explosion of artistry that’s nothing short of breathtaking. Each actor, each dancer, each member of the ensemble is a shining star in their own right, and together, they form an ensemble that elevates the show to a realm of pure theatrical joy.

“42nd Street” is not just a show; it’s an experience. It’s a reminder of the power of dreams, of resilience, and of the indomitable spirit of those who dare to chase their aspirations. As you watch the story unfold, you’ll find yourself not only tapping your feet but also tapping into a wellspring of inspiration that will stay with you long after the final bow, we were certainly singing and tapping our toes out of the theatre that is for sure.

A Theatrical Triumph

The Theatre Royal Plymouth has truly outdone itself by bringing this spectacle to its stage. “42nd Street: The Musical” is a breathtaking homage to the golden age of Broadway that ignites the senses, lifts the spirits, and leaves you with a profound appreciation for the art of live performance. It’s not just a musical; it’s an enchanting journey into a world where dreams come true under the dazzling lights of showbiz. Don’t miss your chance to witness this theatrical masterpiece that will leave you utterly spellbound. Currently touring the UK check out the trailer and tour dates here.

*Please note that the appearance of cast members is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the touring company’s control. Check out the trailer and tour dates for a taste of the magic that awaits!

“42nd Street” is a sensational journey to Broadway’s golden era, led by a stellar cast and electrifying choreography. A theatrical masterpiece that ignites inspiration and leaves you spellbound. Matinée Dog


Adam Richards

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