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2001-??-Broadway Revival Cast

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Michael Arnold, Kelli Barclay, Michael Cumpsty, Christine Ebersole, David Elder, Jonathan Freeman, Mylinda Hull, Beth Leavel, Kate Levering, Michael McCarty, Richard Muenz, Megan Sikora, Billy Stritch, Mary Testa, Catherine Wreford
01. Overture
02. Audition
03. Young And Healthy
04. Shadow Waltz
05. Go Into Your Dance
06. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
07. Getting Out Of Town
08. Dames
09. Keep Young And Beautiful
10. Dames (Continued)
11. I Only Have Eyes for You [Dames]
12. We're In The Money
13. Act One Finale
14. Entr'acte
15. Sunny Side To Every Situation
16. Lullaby Of Broadway
17. About A Quarter To Nine
18. 'Pretty Lady' Overture / With Plenty Of Money And You
19. Shuffle Off To Buffalo
20. 42nd Street
21. 42nd Street (Reprise)
22. Finale Ultimo
It took 42nd Street 47 years after the appearance of the movie musical in 1933 to become a hit Broadway musical in 1980, even though the storyline is a tribute to the Great White Way, the quintessential backstage story of a musical producer and the chorus girl who becomes a star. It may have been the impossibility of recreating choreographer Busby Berkeley's geometric dance patterns on a stage or the paucity of the score (the film had only five songs) that kept anyone from thinking of the transfer before, but once 42nd Street got to Broadway, it stayed for more than eight years. So, the 2001 Broadway revival hit the boards a mere 12 years after the original production shuttered, not long by Rialto standards. Yet the aptness of opening the show on the renovated 42nd Street itself may have been too much to resist. Original co-librettist and now director Mark Bramble and original co-dance assistant and now choreographer Randy Skinner haven't changed much about the show, which borrowed extra songs from half a dozen 1930s movie musicals with scores by composer Harry Warren to fill out the score, other than to expand it slightly. Three songs, "With Plenty of Money and You," "I Only Have Eyes for You," and "Keep Young and Beautiful," have been added, which, with lots of audible tap dancing, help make the CD-era revival cast album more than 25 minutes longer than the LP-era original cast album. Leads Michael Cumpsty and Christine Ebersole are as winning, if not as individual, as their Broadway predecessors, Jerry Orbach and Tammy Grimes, not to mention Hollywood's Warren Baxter and Ruby Keeler. But this is an ensemble show with plenty of room for secondary characters to shine, and they do, while the music sounds as good as ever. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi All Music Guide


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Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités


"42nd Street" est l'histoire d'une jeune actrice humble et naïve prénommée Peggy Sawyer qui est venue pour auditionner pour une nouvelle comédie musicale de Broadway. Malheureusement, à cause de sa nervosité, Peggy arrive en retard à l'audition et manque sa chance de joindre le chœur.
Heureusement, Peggy a été remarquée par le célèbre metteur en scène, Marais Julien, et il donne à Peggy sa chance. Cependant, l'actrice principale vieillissante, Dorothy Brock, déteste rapidement Peggy. Le soir de l'opening night, Mlle. Brock tombe et se casse la cheville. La panique prend toute la compagnie, car le spectacle est vraisemblablement condamné à la fermeture, jusqu'à ce que l'on suggère que Peggy reprenne le rôle. En seulement trente-six heures, Peggy apprend vingt-cinq pages, six chansons et dix numéros de danse et devient une star.

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42nd Street est un "backstage musical", c’est-à-dire une comédie musicale dont l’action se situe dans le milieu du théâtre, et plus spécifiquement dans le milieu des théâtres de Broadway : une recette classique, simple et efficace, très souvent utilisée de tout temps dans les musicals américains.

Le livret, assez simple et dénué d’intérêt, est un prétexte pour s’immerger dans le monde des claquettes, et produire de magnifiques numéros musicaux, aussi bien sur le plan des chansons, que de la danse. L’un des plus connus est sans doute l’ouverture du musical, qui consiste habituellement en un lever partiel du rideau qui ne monte que d’une cinquantaine de centimètres, dévoilant uniquement les pieds des danseurs en claquettes.


1 42nd Street peut-être considéré comme un Top musical

2 42nd Street peut-être considéré comme un backstage musical.


Historique du musical


Basé sur le roman de Bradford Ropes et son adaptation en film en 1933

Génèse du musical

Producer David Merrick "took a huge gamble with his $3 million production based on the 1933 Warner Brothers film musical", as "only one other show had made the transfer from original movie musical to the stage -- 'Gigi,' a flop in 1974."[1][2] He felt audiences once again were ready to embrace the nostalgia craze started by the successful revivals of No, No, Nanette, Irene, and his own Very Good Eddie several years earlier, and augmented the familiar songs from the film's soundtrack with a liberal dose of popular tunes from the Dubin-Warren catalogue. According to theatre historian John Kenrick, "When the curtain slowly rose to reveal forty pairs of tap-dancing feet, the star-studded opening night audience at the Winter Garden cheered…Champion (who had no tap training) followed this number with a series of tap-infused extravaganzas larger and more polished than anything Broadway really had in the 1930s."

Original Broadway)
In June 1980, the musical premiered in out-of-town tryouts at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. After six previews, the Broadway production opened on August 25, 1980 at the Winter Garden Theatre, eventually moving to the Majestic and then the St. James, closing after 3,486 performances. (Frank Rich called this a sign of the "shift of power" on Broadway, as the show had to leave the Winter Garden to make way for Cats and the Majestic to accommodate The Phantom of the Opera.) The original cast included Jerry Orbach as Julian Marsh, Tammy Grimes as Dorothy Brock, Wanda Richert as Peggy Sawyer, and Lee Roy Reams as Billy Lawlor. Replacements later in the run included Barry Nelson and Don Chastain as Julian, Elizabeth Allen, Dolores Gray, and Millicent Martin as Dorothy, and Lisa Brown and Karen Ziemba as Peggy. The show's designers, Robin Wagner (sets), Theoni V. Aldredge (costumes), and Tharon Musser (lights) were the same team who had designed the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line. The musical is the 12th longest runnning show in Broadway history, as of December 2010. This Tony Nominated wardrobe, designed by Theoni V. Aldredge, is on display at the Costume World Broadway Collection in Pompano Beach, Florida.
However, the opening night triumph was overshadowed by tragedy. Following a 5 minute standing ovation, Merrick went onstage and stated, "It is tragic…Gower Champion has died." He went on to explain that Champion had died of cancer just hours before the performance, "when he said that Mr. Champion had died, there were gasps and screams." The producer had advised only Bramble of Champion's death and managed to keep the news a secret from the cast (including Richert, the director's girlfriend), crew, and the public prior to his announcement.
42nd Street proved to be not only Champion's last show but Merrick's final success. Merrick lived until 2000, but, as described by Anthony Bianco, 42nd Street "was his last big hit, his swan song."

West End - 1984
The West End production opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on August 8, 1984. The career of teenaged Catherine Zeta-Jones, a chorus member in the 1984 West End production, was launched when a vacation and an illness felled both the actress portraying Peggy Sawyer and her understudy on a night one of the producers happened to be in the audience. Zeta-Jones filled in and was impressive enough to be cast permanently in the role shortly afterward.

Broadway revival - 2001
Bramble revised the book for and directed the Broadway revival, with choreography by Randy Skinner (dance assistant for the original production). It opened, after 31 previews, on May 2, 2001 at the Foxwoods Theatre (formerly the Ford Center for the Performing Arts), where it ran for 1,524 performances. The cast included Michael Cumpsty as Julian, Christine Ebersole as Dorothy, Kate Levering as Peggy, and David Elder as Billy. Meredith Patterson, who made her Broadway musical debut in the chorus and was the understudy for the role of Peggy Sawyer, took over the role in August 2001. Todd Lattimore, who was a swing and understudy took over the role of Billy. Other notable replacements included Patrick Cassidy and Tom Wopat as Julian and Shirley Jones and Beth Leavel as Dorothy.

UK Tour - 2007
The Broadway revival production, by UK Productions, toured the UK in 2007. The cast included Paul Nicholas as Julian for the first part of the tour, later replaced by Dave Willetts, Julia J Nagle as Dorothy, Jessica Punch as Peggy and Ashley Nottingham as Billy.



Liste des chansons

Acte I
“Overture” – Orchestra
“Audition” – Dancers
“Young and Healthy” – Billy and Peggy
“Shadow Waltz” – Maggie, Dorothy, and Girls
“Shadow Waltz (Reprise)” – Dorothy
“Go into Your Dance” – Maggie, Peggy, Annie, Phyllis, Lorraine, and Andy
“You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me” – Dorothy
“Getting Out of Town” – Maggie, Bert, Pat, and Chorus
“Dames” – Billy and Chorus
"Keep Young and Beautiful/Dames Reprise" - Bert, Maggie and Ensemble
"I Only Have Eyes for You" - Dorothy and Billy
“I Know Now”* – Dorothy, Chorus and Billy
“We’re in the Money” – Annie, Phyllis, Lorraine, Peggy, Billy, and Chorus
“Act One Finale” – Dorothy and Orchestra

Acte II
“Entr’acte” – Orchestra
“There’s a Sunny Side to Every Situation” – Annie and Chorus
“Lullaby of Broadway” – Julian and Company
“About a Quarter to Nine” – Dorothy and Peggy
"With Plenty of Money and You" - Men Ensemble
“Shuffle Off to Buffalo” – Maggie, Bert, Annie, and Girls
“Forty-Second Street” – Peggy with Dancing Company
“Forty-Second Street (Reprise)” – Julian
“Finale Ultimo” – Full Company and Orchestra

Liste des rôles

Andy Lee
Maggie Jones
Bert Barry
Billy Lawlor
Peggy Sawyer
Julian Marsh
Dorothy Brock
Abner Dillon
Pat Denning

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The production was in world headlines the day after opening when David Merrick announced after the opening night curtain call that director Gower Champion had died earilier that day. Arguably, this event contributed to the show’s success.
Instead of calling it a "book" early playbills refer to the book as "Lead Ins and Crossovers."


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Principaux CD du musical

1) 1980-08-Original Broadway Cast

2) 1989-??-Original Australian Cast

3) 1990-??-Studio Cast

4) 1996-??-Studio Cast

5) 2000-09-Dutch Cast

6) 2001-??-Broadway Revival Cast

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