42nd Street Moves into the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The avenue they are taking you to maybe 42nd Street, but here in London, fans of Broadway will be heading to Drury Lane this spring. That is where 42nd Street by Mark Bramble, with lyrics by Al Dubin and music by Harry Warren, is heading.
The workmen and cranes and cameras moved into Drury Lane this week to refresh the signage at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (that closed on 07 January) moved out and 42nd Street, that previews from 20 March, moved in.
Two cranes were used to gently move the iluminated sign into position without damaging the Grade 1 listed building that was 200 years old in 2012. There has been a theatre on the site since 1660 and Sheena Easton, who stars as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, will be the latest in a long line of talented actresses to walk the boards there, that started with Nell Gwyn!
Joining Sheena Easton is Tom Lister as Julian Marsh and Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer.
The chorusline-to-star story is classic but it is the music that takes centre stage for a show that was one of Hollywood’s first ever blockbusting musical films.