Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Atlanta Lyric to Stage Spectacular “42ND STREET”

“Come and Meet Those Dancing Feet” at The Strand Theatre in Marietta

Atlanta Lyric Theatre, the metro area’s only local professional musical theatre company presents “42nd Street,” the ultimate Broadway musical which opens December 3rd and plays through the 19th at the historic Strand Theatre in Marietta. Tickets are $30-$45, with discounts for seniors, students, groups and four pack season tickets that offer a savings as low as 30%!

“42nd Street” is an unforgettable tap-­‐dancing extravaganza with a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, lyrics by Al Dubin and music by Harry Warren that features such hits as “We’re In The Money,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me,” and, of course, the title song!

The 1980 Broadway production won the Tony Award for Best Musical as did the 2001 Broadway revival for Best Revival. Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and the subsequent 1933 film adaptation, “42nd Street” tells the story of a starry-eyed young actress named Peggy Sawyer who has come to audition for the new Julian Marsh musical that is about to open on Broadway. Unfortunately, Peggy can’t seem to work up the nerve to walk through the stage door until it’s too late--the audition is over. But not to worry! Peggy soon catches the eye of the famous director, and when the chorus turns up one girl short, Peggy gets her big break. But Peggy can’t seem to stay in the good graces of the show’s aging leading lady, Dorothy Brock, and on opening night, another Dancer accidentally pushes Peggy into Ms. Brock who falls and breaks her ankle. The furious director fires Peggy on the spot. Discouraged and ready to give up all her dreams of becoming a star, Peggy packs her bags and heads for the train station, but fate has other plans and Peggy may turn out to be a star yet!

Lyric Artistic Director Brandt Blocker directs, and nationally acclaimed choreographer Karen Hebert choreographs and stars as aging diva Dorothy Brock.

Starring in the role of Peggy Sawyer is Casey Leigh Thompson of Broadway’s “Legally Blonde.” Thompson was previously seen as Tiger Lilly in The Lyric’s “Peter Pan.” Playing Broadway director Julian Marsh is Atlanta’s award-winning actor Jeff McKerley who was in The Lyric’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Mikado,” and “Cinderella.” Last seen at Long Island’s Gateway Playhouse in “The Producers,” William James Daniels plays brash performer Billy Lawlor, while Atlanta’s Dustin Lewis and Mary Nye Bennett are featured as Broadway writers Bert Barry and Maggie Jones.

Others in the cast include Steve Hornibrook, Larry Ruth, Charles Green, Jason Kalish, Jennifer Smiles Plumley, Lauren Warnke, Courtney Godwin, Caroline Ann Freedlund, Becky Simmons, Becca Potter, Courtney Bowers, Elizabeth Neidel, Michael Malone, Michael McDonough, Aaron Carter, Fenner Eaddy, and Justin Thompson.

The design team for the show is led by scenic designer Lee Shiver; Jessica Coale is the lighting designer; Lindsey Paris is the costume coordinator; and Bobby Johnston is sound designer.

All performances are held at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre at 117 N. Park Sq., on the historic Marietta Square. For tickets and information call 404-377-9948 or visit www.AtlantaLyricTheatre.com.

Performance Schedule

Dec 3, 4, 5 Friday & Sat. @ 8:00, Sun. @ 2:00

9, 10, 11, 12 Thurs., Fri. & Sat. @ 8:00, Sun. @ 2:00 16, 17, 18, &19, 2010
Thurs., Fri. & Sat. @ 8:00, Sat. & Sun. @ 2:00
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