"42nd Street" Is a Hit!
Story by Mannan Mehta '18
Early in the production process, Marsh casts prima donna Dorothy Brock (Anna Youngkin ‘18) as the lead, in order to secure financial backing for the show from Brock’s plump texan boyfriend, Abner Dillon (Weaver Lilley ‘17). Later, Marsh also notices the talent of a young-dancer named Peggy Sawyer (Veronica Merril ‘17), and promptly casts her as a chorus girl. The show’s drama unfolds when Marsh discovers that Brock has a secret boyfriend, Pat Denning (Joey Toker ‘17), and when, during Pretty Lady’s opening night performance, Sawyer knocks into Brock and breaks Brock’s ankle.
Three out of five performances were sold out, and no performance was under eighty percent capacity. The highlight of the show was the various tap numbers, choreographed by the NCS Dance instructors and Mady Jones ‘18. “I was impressed by how quick everyone in the cast picked up tap dancing,” commented Kubair Chuchra ‘18, “Before we started rehearsals in November, only a handful of cast members had ever worn tap shoes. Now, almost all of our cast members can tap dance, and tap dance well.” The show’s set is also notable. Featuring three layers of curtains, intricate props, and brilliant lights, the stage looks straight out of the 1930s.
What’s next? Even though the actors are done with the musical, they will begin the production process all over again next week with Dance Gala and One-Act Auditions. Both of these shows are highly-anticipated close favorites, certain to not disappoint.