42nd Street Season Extended

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Due to demand, a third and final week of the world’s greatest dance musical 42nd Street, will go on sale at Auckland’s Civic Theatre this Thursday. 42nd Street Season Extended

Third and final week on sale Thursday

Due to demand, a third and final week of the world’s greatest dance musical 42nd Street, will go on sale at Auckland’s Civic Theatre this Thursday.

This spectacular season, featuring the dazzling costumes and set from the latest Broadway Revival, will now extend through to October 23 but no further extensions are possible after that.

The high-kicking, high-energy theatrical extravaganza that changed the face of Broadway musicals, will turn Auckland’s Civic, into a dance hall of the grandest scale when it launches on October 2.

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Tickets are priced for all the family to enjoy, starting at $35 (+ booking fee)
Special group booking offer available for 10 or more

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42nd Streetis a big, bold musical set in 1933 that celebrates the stuff that dreams are made of. It’s a story of hard work, being in the right place at the right time, talent and love. It’s a celebration of Broadway and the people involved in shows.

42nd Streetwill bring the memories flooding back with hit show tunes including You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me, Dames, Only Have Eyes for You, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, Forty-Second Streetand We’re In the Money- lucky for many Kiwis as Lotto’s original jingle!

New Zealand-born star of international stage and television Derek Metzger plays famed
dictatorial director Julian Marsh as he attempts to mount a successful stage production
of “Pretty Lady” – a musical extravaganza at the height of the Great Depression.

42nd Street- proudly presented by Auckland Music Theatre, the company that recently
bought us the critically acclaimed season of RENT – will feature some of New Zealand’s
finest talents.

“You’re going out there a youngster,
but you’ve got to come back a star!”

42nd Streetwas the first of three landmark musical films released in 1933 by Warner Bros to revitalise the musical film genre. In contrast to the fantasy, escapist romantic dance musicals of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that also began in the same year (Flying Down to Rio (1933)), this film was an unglamorised look at the tough realities of backstage life behind the footlights. The urban milieu of the film is fi lled with crisp, slangy, bitter dialogue and wisecracks, street-wise characters, topical references, desperately-striving chorines, dancers, and crew, and down-and-out references to the Depression.

Dubbed “backstage musical par excellence, the grand-daddy of them all”, the stage version of 42nd Streetdebuted on Broadway in 1980 and ran for eight years, becoming the second longest running American musical in Broadway history behind A Chorus Line.42nd Streetbecame the capstone of Broadway’s golden age.

Using the all-new Randy Skinner choreography, as seen in the Tony Award-winning 2001 Broadway revival, audiences will be treated to spectacular dance routines, starting with forty pairs of feet tap-dancing away as the curtain slowly rose for the first act as they did at that time.

Veteran New Zealand artist Suzanne Lee has been signed to play love-cheat, prima donna Dorothy Brock whose clumsiness opens the door for nervous-but-enthusiastic new chorus girl from out of town, Peggy Sawyer, to be played by Laura O’Sullivan who most recently won praise for her performance in RENT. Suzanne is fresh from playing understudy to Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard in Australia and has an extensive entertainment career in New Zealand that includes Chicago, 12 Bar Rhythm & Shoes as well as impersonating Helen Clark The charming leading tenor, Billy Lawlor, will be played by Melbourne based young heart-throb Lyndon Keenan, who recently played the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Christchurch.

Bert Barry and Maggie Jones – the producers and writers of “Pretty Lady”, – will be played by Grant Bridger and Lynn Webster. Grant is a performer of some 25 years experience in New Zealand, and has toured extensively overseas, including Japan in Phantom of the Opera, and Australia and New Zealand in the critically-acclaimed version of Jesus Christ Superstar; while Lynn has toured extensively in theatre in America and Canada.

“42nd Street is a nonstop parade of splashy production numbers”
- Houston Chronicle

Director Grant Meese, of Amici Productions, says 42nd Streetis one of his all time favourite musicals. “It’s an uplifting musical and one that makes you want to get up and dance. The storyline is also one many people can relate to… a missed opportunity, unrequited love and finally good fortune.”

“We are extremely proud to be able to present this musical masterpiece in New Zealand.”

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

www.buytickets.co.nz
0800 BUY TICKETS or (09) 357 3355
Tickets are priced for all the family to enjoy, starting at $35 (+ booking fee)
Special group booking offer available for 10 or more

WWW.42NDSTREET.CO.NZ
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