42nd Street returns to New Wimbledon Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
THE BROADWAY musical 42nd Street, starring Dave Willetts and Marti Webb, will visit New Wimbledon Theatre (September 11 to September 15, 2012) as part of a UK tour.
Described as the smash hit musical from the golden age of Broadway, 42nd Street is the tale of small town Peggy Sawyer’s rise from chorus girl to Broadway star.
As well as high-kicking dance routines and stunning sets and costumes from the US production, 42nd Street includes the hit numbers We’re in the Money, You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me, Lullaby of Broadway and, of course, the title song itself.
Dave Willetts’ West End credits include Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (Palace Theatre), the title role in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Ragtime (Piccadilly Theatre), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and, most recently, Max in Sunset Boulevard (Comedy Theatre). He also appeared as George in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s 2010 production of Aspects of Love.
Marti Webb’s numerous West End credits include Blood Brothers, Tell Me on a Sunday (written for her by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black), Stop The World I Want To Get Off, Half a Sixpence, Oliver!, Godspell, The Card, The Good Companion, Evita, Cats and Thoroughly Modern Millie (as Mrs Meers). She recently headlined the UK tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
With book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, lyrics by Al Dubin and music by Harry Warren, 42nd Street was winner of the 1980 Tony Award for Best New Musical and the 2001 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
Directed by the show’s co-author and original Broadway director Mark Bramble, the tour will also visit Rhyl, Oxford, Glasgow, Birmingham, Plymouth, Manchester and Nottingham.
42nd Street was previously seen at New Wimbledon Theatre in 2007, with Mark Bramble again directing.