Fans of old-fashioned musicals with a new twist will delight in seeing the latest rendition of "42nd Street."
The hit musical "42nd Street" continues through Sunday at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook.
The production tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a dancer with stars in her eyes, who gets the opportunity to progress from chorus girl to leading lady in a new Broadway musical. Sawyer, a small town gal from Allentown, Pennsylvania, steps in for the show's star Dorothy Brock and everything changes for the ingenue.
"42nd Street" features lyrics by Al Dubin and music by Harry Warren, along with original direction and dances by choreographer/dancer Gower Champion. As an added feature of this production, directed by Michael Heitzman, there is choreography by Jared Grimes.
Flashy, contemporary choreography is definitely a standout in "42nd Street." The music and tapping is much more percussive in this rendition than in past productions of the play. The show's dance numbers easily make audience members want to jump up and move.
The original production of "42nd Street" opened on Broadway in 1980. With catchy tunes and large scale dance numbers, the show won a Tony Award for Best Musical.
Among stars in Drury Lane's show are Gene Weygandt as producer Julian Marsh; Suzzanne Douglas as Dorothy Brock; Kimberly Immanuel as Peggy Sawyer; Phillip Attmore as Billy Lawler; and Justin Brill as Bert Barry.
Memorable tunes in "42nd Street" include "Go Into Your Dance"; the happy "We're in the Money"; "Sunny Side to Every Situation"; "Lullaby of Broadway"; and the title song.
The next production to star on the Drury Lane stage will be "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," which opens Jan. 18 and runs through March 25.
FYI: "42nd Street" continues through Sunday at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook. Tickets are $47 to $62. Call 800-745-3000 or visit DruryLaneTheatre.com.