Review by Jowita Krasik.
42nd Street is one of Broadway’s biggest musicals. The plot is set in the 1930s and tells the story of Peggy Sawyer; who comes to New York with a dream of starring in a Broadway show and ends up playing the lead in a breakthrough musical ‘Pretty Lady’. The plot, although not particularly new to me, made for a very charming and fun performance. On entry we were also lucky to be given a seat upgrade, which made things even more exciting.
It is almost impossible not to be astounded at the hard work the actors put into the show: I don’t think I have ever been to a show with so much dancing. It made for a memorable and visually stunning experience. Right from the opening number to the finale, it was impossible to keep your eyes off the company for a single moment.
I was also really impressed with how well the meta-theatrical reality of the play was handled. The transitions were very natural and fluent. The transition to the interval break was combined with the interval in the play, which made for a unique way of breaking the fourth wall. It was also a reminder for the audience that what we saw was fiction, without being explicit: a technique used in theatre since the Roman Empire.
The entire performance was wonderfully staged, choreographed and blocked. This is a show that was written to be fun and that is exactly what it was. A lot of fun! A show that truly succeeded to put a smile on people’s faces.
Overall, I am really happy to have seen the show. It could not have been a better evening. A great night of fun, music, dance and theatrical beauty.