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Friday, August 5

42nd Street heading for Drury Lane next March

Breaking news:  42nd Street is to be revived at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane next year previewing from 20th March  with an opening gala on 4h April, following  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which is due to close on 7th January.

The West End revival will be directed by Mark Bramble who is the co-author of the book for the original Broadway and West End productions of the musical with set by Douglas W Schmidt and costume by Roger Kirk.  It will be choreographed by Randy Skinner  from the original Broadway production team. Both  Bramble and Skinner are due to arrive in London next week to begin auditions. Rehearsals begin in January.

The show features a cast of over 50, with the score including We’re In The Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames, I Only Have Eyes For You and 42nd Street.

42nd Street focuses on the efforts of famous director Julian Marsh to mount a successful stage production of a musical extravaganza during the Great Depression. It is the timeless and inspiring tale of small town girl Peggy Sawyer's rise from the chorus line to Broadway star.

A previous production of the show played the Drury Lane in 1984, and launched the career of  Catherine Zeta- Jones who was in the chorus and went on when the leading lady became indisposed.

42nd Street was going to run at the ENO, but when that deal fell through, Linnit and Grade still wanted to produce it, and Drury Lane became available once Charlie And The Chocolate Factory posted its closing notice.
 
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