Being a theater buff, I have see almost every classic and iconic show that you can name, but until this past week I had never seen the all time Broadway great 42nd Street. So as you can imagine, I was delighted to attend Opening Night of this iconic musical at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre and it absolutely lived up to it’s legacy! From the moment the curtain rises to the awe inspiring sight of more 25 synchronized tap dancers progressing all the way to the equally amazing encore at the end of the show, 42nd dazzles with spectacular full throttle dance numbers, top notch dancing, talented actors and singers, beautiful costumes and gorgeous sets. It is a fun, entertaining, feel good show and I am delighted that I finally had the opportunity to see it.
42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and some of the greatest and most well-known musical songs ever written like, “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.” The performances in 42nd Street at the Hollywood Pantages are being directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award winning Best Revival.
I thoroughly enjoyed this staging of 42nd Street and couldn’t stop dancing along in my seat and smiling throughout the show. The story is classic Broadway fodder where you root for the underdog and hope the bad guys get what they deserve. But it’s the fabulous dancing and singing that absolutely captivates and lifts your spirits. Out of the many musicals that I have seen throughout my life, I think in terms of grand and memorable staging and musical numbers, 42nd Street is probably the most spectacular of them all! The large ensemble synchronized dance numbers, especially the one on the wide majestic staircase, was a phenomenal spectacle to behold. So lively, fun, impressive and memorable!
If you want to lift your mood and spirits this summer, grab your family and come and meet those dancing feet at the Pantages Hollywood Theatre for this must see summer musical.
Disclosure: The Pantages invited me to the Opening Night of 42nd Street, all opinions and dancing feet ate my own.