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42nd Street

Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
Based on the Novel by Bradford Ropes
Original Direction and Dances by Gower Champion
Originally Produced on Broadway by David Merrick
permission by Tams-Witmark
Audition Dates: Oct 27-28, 2018 (tentative)
Performance Dates: Feb. 8-24, 2019
Production Photos: Feb. 6, 2019

One of showbusiness’s most classic and beloved tales, 42nd Street tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

Peggy arrives to New York City from her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, armed with her tap shoes and big dreams. Peggy’s talent catches the eye of legendary Broadway director Julian Marsh, who gives her a spot in the chorus of Pretty Lady, his newest show. Pretty Lady stars Dorothy Brock, the classic Broadway diva, who takes an instant dislike to the new girl in the cast. When Dorothy is injured during the show’s previews, Pretty Lady looks like it will have to close, unless a new girl talented enough to lead the show can be found — someone like Peggy Sawyer!

The score is chock-full of Broadway standards, including “You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me,” “Dames,” “We’re In the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and “Forty-Second Street.”

Characters

Peggy Sawyer — A young, starry-eyed, naive and humble chorus girl.
Lead – she is the triple threat in the show – must sing, act and dance very well
17 – 30 (character is referred to as “21”)
Soprano – solo Dancing: Intense

Billy Lawlor — The leading man of ‘Pretty Lady.’
Lead - Age: approx. 25 – 35, youngish appearance
Voice: Tenor – solo Dancing: Medium

Dorothy Brock – Used to being the ‘star’ in her youth
Role: Lead - Age: approx. 35 - 55
Voice: Alto – solo Dancing: Medium

Julian Marsh –
Role: Lead - Age: approx. 35 - 55
Voice: Baritone – solo Dancing: Light

Maggie Jones — One of the writers for ‘Pretty Lady’
Role: Supporting - comedic Age: approx. 25 - 55
Voice: Alto – solo Dancing: Light

Bert Berry — One of the writers for ‘Pretty Lady’
Role: Supporting - comedic Age: approx. 25 - 55
Voice: Tenor – Solo Dancing: Light

Abner Dillon…Sugar Daddy…Texan
Role: Supporting Age: approx. 40 - 70
Voice: Baritone (minor singing role, mostly dialogue only)
Dancing: None

Andy Lee…Dance Supervisor/Pretty Lady
Role: Supporting Age: approx. 20 - 35
Voice: Spoken only Dancing: Intense

Pat Denning — Dorothy’s former love.
Role: Supporting Age: approx. 25 - 60
Voice: Baritone - solo Dancing: None

Mac – stage manager
Role: Supporting Age: open
Voice: spoken only Dancing: none
(this character can triple as Mac, a Thug, and the Doctor)

Oscar-Accompanist for Pretty Lady…Plus if he really plays!!!!
Role: non-speaking supporting Age: open
Voice/Dancing: no lines, no dancing

Chorus Girls (Annie, Lorraine, Phyllis and others)
Role: Annie is Supporting role/ rest are Chorus Ensemble with some lines
Age: 16 - 30
Voice: Soprano and Alto – must carry chorus numbers as well as dance
Dancing: Intense

Chorus Guys…some with lines
Voice: Tenor, Baritone/Bass – must carry chorus numbers as well as dance
Dancing: Medium to Intense
(some will double as waiters, thugs, and other non-speaking walk-on roles

General Chorus - Girls and Guys
Lots for everyone of all ages
Chorus numbers with singing and some dance/movement

Dance Key:
Intense – must tap very well, perform jazz/ballet,
Medium – must move well, tap is a real plus for casting
Light – move well