From Director Jim Coleman, this is the final installment in a four part News & Cues series.
The SCT cast for 42ND STREET is top-notch. Steven Orr, who is new to us, is playing Julian Marsh, the director of “Pretty Lady”, which is the show within a show. This is his first time back on the boards in a long time, and we are glad to welcome him to the fold. Melissa Esau plays Dorothy Brock, the fading star of the show. Our audiences have loved Melissa over the years in many great acting, singing and dancing roles, most notably in SWEET CHARITY, SOUTH PACIFIC, BLITHE SPIRIT, and THE PRODUCERS.
Joy Clark, who played Fantine in Saint Mary’s High School’s wonderful production of LES MISERABLES, is making her debut with us as Peggy Sawyer, the chorus girl who becomes a star. Joy is a wonderful tap dancer and great singer and actress. Jacob Bronson is playing the young man Billy Lawlor. Jacob has been with us in YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, THE FULL MONTY, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, and CINDERELLA. Also in the stellar cast are Jennifer Hastings in the role of Andy Lee, Peggy Coleman, back after a two-year absence, is playing Maggie Jones, and Michael Stratford, who is currently playing Oscar in THE ODD COUPLE is Abner Dillion. Eddie Hargreaves, also well known to our audiences for great performances in RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE and I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, is playing Bert Barry.
David Merrick always said that the chorus of 42ND STREET was the real star of the show. We have a wonderful group of ensemble members that are laboring fiercely to become those “stars.” The dancing is difficult, but they are attacking it with joy and great spirit. It is a great pleasure and privilege to work with all of them.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief look into the SCT production of 42ND STREET. More stories and insights will follow. For now, just believe me when I say we are having a great time!
Get your tickets as soon as they’re available! I’ll see you at 42ND STREET.