I had the privilege to see 42nd Street London the other day, it was a wonderful and joyful show. I could not keep myself from smiling throughout the performance. The entire cast are wonderful and bring so much energy to every performance of the show, and they truly are one of the most talented casts in the West End at the moment.
I was given the opportunity to go backstage after the show, I got to stand on the stage, see the sets and costumes as well as hold one of the coins which is danced on during the show. The stage is one of the biggest I had stood on and the costumes including the shoes looked beautiful.
I intend to see this show as many more times as I can to see the phenomenal performances given by every member of the cast from the leads to the ensemble and swings. I have seen all of the first understudies for the main roles and even had the chance to see a second understudy or two and all of them are great, they definitely make the part their own, which is a joy to see.
The orchestra for this show deserves a mention for the amount of music they play throughout each performance and the musicians are brilliant and always seem to be enjoying themselves especially during the music they play at the end of the show when the curtain has dropped.
The costumes in the show are beautiful and there are several that I would quite gladly wear myself if I could, I guess it helps that my casual and dress-up style of clothes ranges from around the 1920s to the 1940s. The quick changes that the cast have to do are a little insane especially for the 42nd Street routine but it is always done so flawlessly.
The fabulous Bonnie Langford has joined the show recently and does such a wonderful job as the Diva that is Dorothy Brock.
Special mention should be made for Clare Halse who plays Peggy Sawyer, how she does 8 shows a week I don’t think we will ever know, this lady has such energy to keep going for just over 18 months seems nearly impossible. Can we create an award for her to congratulate her on such strength to keep going.
I hope if you have had the chance to see the show that you enjoyed it as much as I did and that if you haven’t that you get the chance too. I always enjoy taking friends to watch this show for the first time and when the enjoy it enough to say they’d go back that makes me happy. It is a pleasure to share such a beautifully done show with people.
It seems such a shame that Drury Lane theatre is closing down for refurbishments but the cast definitely deserve a rest after this run, notably the cast who have been with the show since the beginning. Do not miss out on this show!