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Fulton Theatre’s Glitzy Lullaby of Broadway

Fulton Theatre’s Glitzy Lullaby of Broadway
Sarah Quinn Taylor, Tom Galantich

Sarah Quinn Taylor, Tom Galantich – Photo by Kinectiv

Starting the holiday off with a tap dancing extravaganza, the Fulton Theatre serves up “42ndStreet” with a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, lyrics by Al Dubin and Johnny Mercer and music by Harry Warren. The score is chock full of Broadway standards, “Lullaby of Broadway”, “We’re in the Money”, “You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me”, “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and  42ndStreet.

42ND Street

Cast of 42ND Street – Photo by Kinectiv

Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes it was turned into a Hollywood film in 1933.  Though this pre-Code black and white musical film, starring Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, Dick Powell, George Brent, Ruby Keeler and Ginger Rogers had choreography staged by Busby Berkeley, it still exuded the tone of a hard-bitten, cynical take on the Great White Way. The more glamourous 1980 Broadway production, produced by David Merrick and directed by Gower Champion, won the Tony Award for Best Musical that year and became a long-running hit.

42ND Street

Cast of 42ND Street – Photo by Kinectiv

The show centers on the infamous and tyrannical director, Julian Marsh, who is trying to put up a Broadway show at the height of the Depression to recoup his losses from the ’29 stock market crash.  Stage struck Peggy Sawyer, fresh from Allentown, Pennsylvania, manages to get cast in the chorus of the Broadway-bound, “Pretty Lady” through a lucky break. Though she tangles with the leading lady, Dorothy Brock, Peggy eventually proves her innate singing and dancing talent and goes on to save the show.

Denise Whelan

Denise Whelan – Photo by Kinectiv

The show stars Denise Whelan as the imperious Dorothy Brock who must string along her millionaire, sugar daddy, Abner, as he is bankrolling the production. Ms. Whelan is every inch the prima donna, basking in the glow of her former stardom as she tries to keep up with the rest of the young, talented cast. Ms. Whelan is particularly touching in her Act II scene with Peggy where she wishes her good luck and they sing “A Quarter to Nine”, together. Sarah Quin Taylor (Peggy Sawyer) is a veritable dancing machine with a clear, strong voice and wide-eyed appeal. Nicholas Dromard is a triple-threat as the completely charming, utterly lovable Billy Lawler. Tom Galantich is simply terrific as the fast talking, hard-hitting, pull no punches director, Julian Marsh. But the real stars of the show are the entire chorus of hoofers who will tap your troubles away for two hours and fifteen minutes.

Sarah Quinn Taylor, Buddy Reeder

Sarah Quinn Taylor, Buddy Reeder – Photo by Kinectiv

The choreography by Marc Robin is incredibly exciting. There are circles dancing within circles; there are mirrored walls and mirrored ceilings; there is dancing down staircases — much of this which must be in homage to Busby Berkeley. The final dance in Act II is “Forty-Second Street” which Mr. Robin has totally reimagined. It now takes place in a nightclub and he has created a scenario reminiscent of “Slaughter on 10thAvenue”, complete with shady characters and a murder. Though the pacing of the first act is a bit frenetic, the second act allows us to breathe a little between sumptuous musical numbers.

42ND Street

Cast of 42ND Street – Photo by Kinectiv

The 14 piece orchestra is sizeable and fills the theatre only the way a live orchestra can. Let’s hear it for live music! The costumes are an array of colorful sequined outfits and gowns — as glitzy and glamorous as they come.

Cast of 42ND Street

Cast of 42ND Street – Photo by Kinectiv

If you’ve never seen 42ndStreet, treat yourself to this show whose score is basically the Great American Broadway Songbook.

42ND Street

Cast of 42ND Street – Photo by Kinectiv

For tickets call the Box Office: (717) 397-7425

or go to www.thefulton.org

42ND Street

Cast of 42ND Street – Photo by Kinectiv

 42ndStreet Book by Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble

Sarah Quinn Taylor

Sarah Quinn Taylor – Photo by Kinectiv

Lyrics by Al Dubin & Johnny Mercer

Nicolas Dromard, Sarah Quinn Taylor

Nicolas Dromard, Sarah Quinn Taylor – Photo by Kinectiv

Music by Harry Warren

Denise Whelan, Elliot Sterenfeld

Denise Whelan, Elliot Sterenfeld – Photo by Kinectiv

Musical Direction by Jonathan Lefever

42ND Street

Cast of 42ND Street – Photo by Kinectiv

Directed & Choreographed by Marc Robin

42ND Street

Cast of 42ND Street – Photo by Kinectiv

Fulton Theatre

12  North Prince Street, Lancaster,PA 19102

42ND Street

Cast of 42ND Street – Photo by Kinectiv

Playing now through December 30, 2018

42ND Street

Cast of 42ND Street – Photo by Kinectiv

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