Music: Harry Warren. Lyrics: Al Dubin. Savoyards @ Iona Performing Arts Centre (Qld). Director/Choreographer: Sue Harvey. Music Director: Geoffrey Secomb. June 5 to 19.
42nd Street is the quintessential backstage story; when the leading lady breaks her leg, a chorine replaces her and becomes a star. Based on the 1933 Warner Bros movie, the original stage production had a nine year Broadway run and was a tap-dancing extravaganza. Savoyards production gets an A in almost every department; a cast of fifty, splashy costumes, a set of top-rate principals, and a dazzling tap-dancing chorus of eighteen. Best performance was by Brad Rush as the show’s producer Julian Marsh. He was assured, totally believable, and sang well.