42nd Street

Rotherham Civic Theatre / 6 - 11 November 2006

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The Show!

42nd Street poster

42nd Street tells the story of a humble, naïve young actress named Peggy Sawyer who has come to audition for a new Broadway musical,. Unfortunately, due to her nervousness, Peggy arrives to the audition late and misses her chance to join the chorus. Luckily, Peggy soon catches the eye of the famous director, Julian Marsh, and he gives Peggy her big break. However, the show's aging leading lady, Dorothy Brock, quickly grows to dislike Peggy. On opening night, Ms. Brock falls and breaks her ankle. Panic spreads through the company, as the show is doomed for closure, until it is suggested that Peggy take the roll. In only thirty-six hours, Peggy learns twenty-five pages, six songs and ten dance numbers and becomes a star

The Cast!


Julian Marsh - Geoff Fenwick / Dorothy Brock - Rachel Marshall / Peggy Sawyer - Nicola Jeffs / Billy Lawlor - Nick Walton / Bert Barry - Simon Kelly / Maggie Jones - Jude Gray / Anytime Annie Riley - Amy Vickers / Phyllis Dale - Claire Mullins / Lorraine Flemming - Amy Farrell / Gladys - Louise Turner / Andy Lee - Adam Wilson / Abner Dillon - Rob McVeigh / Pat Denning - Andy Waldie / Diane Lorimer - Catherine Foster / Oscar - Chris Fenn / Thugs - Ashley White, Clive Richardson

Dancers Gemma Bartholemew-Kenyon, Louise Bashford, Claire Mullins, Amy Farrell, Louise Turner, Rachel Maddock, Caroline Myers, Jordon Hinchliffe, Louise Drury, Megan Louch, Laura Mills, Tanya Palmowski, Natasha Stacey

Ensemble Bev Bailey, Chris Fenn, Ashley White, Clive Richardson, Barbara Matthewman, Fran Eastham, Sue Skidmore, Marsha Kelley, Deborah Stacey, Emma Elliott, Emily Morement, Adam Hague, Becky Hart, Shirley Michalski, Catherine Foster, Alison Darksus, Jenny McAndrew

The Production Team!

Co-Director : Elaine Demaine

Co-Director / Choreographer : Dee Bennie-Marshall

Musical Director : Heather Jackson

Director's Cut

Co-Director - Dee Bennie-Marshall
"Each and every member has faced a huge challenge this year, not only learning new songs, lines, and dance numbers, but mastering the art of tap dancing!!! Only half a dozen of our cast are actual trained tap dancers! So you can only imagine the fun we've had at rehearsals. The vast amount of wonderful costumes calls for some pretty quick changes - one lasting only a few seconds! I'd like to bet by the end of show week there'll be a few pounds shed!! "

The Reviews!

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NODA - John Sykes

Drilled to perfection

One wouldn't expect anything less than what was given in this production. With Dee as Dance director every performance has to dance and was drilled to perfection in all routines because Dee does not accept second best and it showed. This show was an overall winner, with an enthusiastic and capable cast, providing first class entertainment for their audiences

Rotherham Advertiser - Terry Ellis

Highly recommended
as a good night out

One of the hardest things for an amateur operatic society is to try and match—or even better—what most people agree was an outstanding production last time they were on stage. Rotherham Teachers Operatic Society—at Rotherham Civic Theatre until tomorrow—have chosen 42nd Street to follow Fame, and its core strength—slick, pacy, showbizzy routines that include plenty of tap—put onerous demands on a company which seem to me to be a fair bit different in personnel from last year's youthful line-up.

If these dances are loose or lack energy, then anything else, however good, will probably fail to save the show. Dance director and co-director—with Elaine Demaine—Dee Bennie-Marshall's reputation is already well established in this area and she keeps it fully intact here because there is bags of attack and concentration from most of her cast and a strong desire to entertain. There is plenty to enjoy about this show within a show—and I did—and it does contain some memorable, if not all great, songs.

There is no denying this is a thoroughbred Broadway show of the type it does best and Teachers strive to give it the treatment. Some amateur productions can be poor, while still offering outstanding individuals. This one is excellent, mainly for the aforementioned routines, but also for the strong, if not startling lead performances. There is a solid, reassuring and accomplished feel here, which should be taken as a praise rather than veiled criticism, because there is more satisfaction to be gained by the many rather than by the massaging of individual egos.

TThese days you would look long and hard to see an iffy performance from Rachel Marshall and, as the veteran temperamental actress Dorothy Brock, she literally holds centre stage with bouncy pomposity until her accident. Rob McVeigh, this time in the Abner Dillon cameo, immediately establishes this strong character and Nick Walton—making further stage progress as Billy Lawlor—and Amy Vickers (Anytime Annie Riley), make impressive contributions in substantial support roles.

Peggy Sawyer, the young dancer who comes from nowhere to save the show in crisis—Pretty Lady—is played by Nicola Jeffs. This is a demanding role, but Nicola, in her second lead part, is well up for it and shows plenty of potential as she continues her acting career. Geoff Fenwick's Julian Marsh, is a treat. Less tetchy and abrasive than some I have seen, he nevertheless makes this producer of Pretty Lady a commanding figure and his singing solidly underpins the character.

If all you want from a musical is free flowing entertainment without a heavy storyline, get a piece of the action on 42nd.