42nd Street (Southampton - tour)
42nd Street tells the story of small town girl Peggy Sawyer (Jessica Punch - most memorable as Ruth in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers) who dreams of becoming a Broadway star. When veteran leading lady Dorothy Brock (Marti Webb - Half a Sixpence, Evita, Cats to name a but a few) breaks her ankle in an accident, It is the opportunity Peggy has been waiting for - to wow audiences with her goofy charm and fantastic foot work .
Unfortunately, the first act lacks lustre and the script is not the most sparkling, but the song and dance routines are second to none. Memorable songs `Keep Young and Beautiful`, the haunting `I Only Have Eyes For You`, and energetic ‘ We`re in the money` make up for the lack of story depth.
Act 2 steps up a gear with James O`Connell (Billy) and Carol Ball (Maggie Jones) giving stand-out performances. There is a well-staged performance of `Lullaby Of Broadway` by Dave Willett`s Broadway producer Julian Marsh. And the title song `42nd Street` performed on a flight of stairs is a credit to choreographer Graeme Henderson who catches the spirit of the time flawlessly.