Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Little Bit of Broadway

42nd Street

A long time ago, Broadway would produce a musical, which Hollywood would buy the rights and make a movie. Often that movie bore no resemblance to the Broadway show, but hey, whatever, right? However, with the exception of the 1974 flop Gigi, Broadway never borrowed from Hollywood. That changed in 1980, some folks got together and adapted Busby Berkeley’s lively backstage musical, 42nd Street, for the Broadway stage. It’s your basic young girl from the hicks comes to Broadway to become a star, has lots of trials and tribulations, but in the end gets the role and stardom.

Act I
• Overture
• Audition
• Young and Healthy
• Shadow Waltz
• Go Into Your Dance
• You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me
• Getting Out of Town
• Dames
• I Know Now
• I Know Now (Reprise)
• We're in the Money
• Act I Finale

Act II
• Sunny Side to Every Situation
• Lullaby of Broadway
• About a Quarter to Nine
• Shuffle Off to Buffalo
• 42nd Street
• 42nd Street (Reprise)
• Finale Ultimo

Music Harry Warren
Lyrics Al Dubin
Book Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
Basis Novel by Bradford Ropes

This recording comes from the 2001 revivial.
Characters
• "Billy Lawlor" (Leading tenor in Pretty Lady) :David Elder
• "Peggy Sawyer" (Nervous but enthusiastic new chorus girl from out of town) :Kate Levering
• "Julian Marsh" (Famous, but notorious director) : Micheal Cumpsty
• "Dorothy Brock" (Past her prime Prima Donna, renowned for inability to dance) :Christine Elbersole

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