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42nd Street

Music by Harry Warren

Lyrics by Al Dubin
Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble

Hear the beat of dancin’ feet — a jazzy, exuberant tribute to Broadway

Department of Musical Theatre

Power Center

April 16 - 19, 2009


The Story: Young aspiring actress Peggy Sawyer moves to New York City to make her mark and lands her first job as a chorus girl in famed director Julian Marsh’s newest project “Pretty Lady.” But Marsh isn’t having an easy time producing a large-scale musical in the midst of the Great Depression — especially given the temperamental nature of the show’s star. When the star breaks her ankle, Peggy is suddenly pushed center stage. With only 36-hours to learn her lines and ten dance numbers, can she save the show and become a star? A heartwarming tale about the search for stardom, 42nd Street captures the hopes of everyone pursuing a dream.

Artistic Significance: Originally a 1933 film with choreography by the famed Busby Berkeley, 42nd Street made its way to Broadway in 1980 and became one of the longest running shows in Broadway history, as well as winning two Tony Awards. The show features such memorable songs as “We’re in the Money,” “Shuffle off to Buffalo,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” and the infectious title number. When the Department of Musical Theatre performed 42nd Street in 1995, the four performances sold out quickly. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this exhilarating backstage comedy.



Etai Benshlomo (Coral Springs, FL), Ashley Blanchet (New Rochelle, NY), R. J. Brown (Norfolk, VA), Will Burton (Marietta, GA), Brant Cox (Kirkland, IL) Derek Carley (Woodinville, WA), Cody Davis (Tulsa, OK), Emily Glick (Chapel Hill, NC), Marken Greenwood (Palos Verdes Estates, CA), Kelcy Griffin (Chicago, IL), Haley Hannah (Leawood, KS), Robert Hartwell (Raleigh, NC),
Erik Heitz (Kirkwood, MO), Laura Irion (Canton, OH), Andy Jones (Swampscott, MA), Alex Kip (Gahanna, OH), Lizzie Klemperer (Syracuse, NY), Beth Kuhn (Deerfield, IL), Bryan Langlitz (Marlton, NJ), Andrew Laudel (St. Louis, MO), Sam Lips (Parker, CO), Casey Low (Edmond, OK), Stephanie Maloney (Pittsburgh, PA), Anne Markt (Mayfield Heights, OH), Ian Mazurek (Nashua, NH), Allison McDowell (Marietta, GA), Alle-Faye Monka (Morristown, NJ),
Kevin Munhall (Wichita, KS), Desi Oakley (Wichita, KS), Han Park (New York, NY), Jonathan Parkey (Jonesboro, AR), Mary Michael Patterson (Aledo, TX), Alex Puette (Aurora, OH), Max Spitulnik (Rockville, MD), Carlye Tamaren (St. Louis, MO), Cary Tedder (Marietta, GA), James Tolbert (Sterling Heights, MI), Maddy Trumble (Berkeley, CA), Julie Wallace (Canton, MI)



Director/Choreographer Linda Goodrich
Music Director Catherine Walker Adams
Scenic Designer Bruce Brockman
Costume Designer George Bacon
Lighting Designer Mark Allen Berg
Wig & Makeup Designer

Regan Noble,

Matthew Campbell

Stage Manager

Angela F. Kiessel

Production Photos

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower