Review: 42nd Street at Newcastle Theatre Royal

THERE is nothing amateurish about Newcastle Musical Theatre Company’s production of this hit musical.

The cast of 42nd Street by Newcastle Musical Theatre Company
The cast of 42nd Street by Newcastle Musical Theatre Company

THERE is nothing amateurish about Newcastle Musical Theatre Company’s production of this hit musical.

The multi-talented group sang and danced like true professionals, and credit must go to director and choreographer Vicki Richardson who in six months turned the ladies and gentlemen of the chorus into step-perfect tap dancers, no mean feat given the complexity of routines.

There’s not much of a plot to the show – a small-town girl arrives in New York too late to audition for Broadway’s Pretty Lady. She lands a place in the chorus then takes over the starring role after crashing into the leading lady on opening night, breaking her ankle.

But the songs are catchy, especially 42nd Street, We’re in the Money and Lullaby of Broadway.

Both Shireen Hamlani, as original leading lady Dorothy Brock, and Jade Sanderson, as newcomer Peggy Sawyer, were first class. If anything, Shireen was too good as she was meant to be a prima donna past her time. The performance of the night came from Andy Dean as Julian Marsh, director of Pretty Lady.

A fine, uplifting show that had the audience dancing their way out of the theatre.

 

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