RISE & SHINE BROADWAY FANS! We are having so much fun waking you all up to some of the best Broadway performances in our Top 30 Tony Awards countdown. Broadway’s biggest night is only 15 days away.
Today at #15 is the well known Backstage and Toe-Tapping Musical dramady about what goes into bringing a new show to the Great White Way. We are of course are talking about the iconic 42ND STREET. It was written by Harry Warren (Music), Al Dubin (Lyrics), Michael Stewart, and Mark Bramble (Book)
From the 2001 telecast, the cast of most recent revival opened up the that year’s Tonys with a toe-tapping medley of the show’s title song from their “then Theatre” at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts (currently The Lyric Theatre) before tap dancing onto a Subway train (from the actual 42nd Street) heading straight for Radio City Music Hall.
42ND STREET (which was based on a 1933 MGM Musical movie) premiered in 1980 at the Winter Garden Theatre and later transferred twice to the Majestic Theatre and the St. James Theatre playing 3,486 performances. The original production received 8 Tony nominations and winning 2 in 1981 including Best Musical. The show was later revived in 2001 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts (now the Lyric Theatre) playing 1,524 performances. That production also was nominated for 8 Tonys that year and winning 2 including Best Revival of a Musical. Currently, the acclaimed revival is 42ND STREET is back on the road from Trokia Entertainment In addition, it’s currently the 14th Longest Running Show in Broadway History.
How about that spectacular opening?!