It is said that 42nd Street is where the underworld can meet the elite. And so on Tuesday, press, stars and royalty rubbed shoulders at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for the opening night of the London run of 42nd Street.
At the beginning of the night it almost seemed that it would be HRH The Duchess of York who would steal the show, but once the curtain rose on those tapping feet, everyone’s attention was firmly fixed on the stage.
You can read our review here, but if you want to know what Maureen Lipman, Arlene Phillips, Chris Moyles, Sara Cox et al thought about those dancing feet, watch our video of the opening night.
The press were also there! Here is what the critics said.
THE MOTHER OF ALL SHOWBIZ MUSICALS – The Telegraph
UTTERLY MOREISH EXTRAVAGANZA OF GLITZ – The Times
THE CHORUS LINE IS ENORMOUS. SUCH AMBITION IS TOO RARE IN THE WEST END. – Daily Mail
A MUSICAL THAT KEEPS ON GIVING WHEN OTHERS WOULD HAVE CALLED IT QUITS – The Times
SEQUINED-SPANGLED GLAMOUR – Daily Mail
A GOLDEN SPECTACLE OF SHOWBIZ GLAMOUR – Time Out
Sheena Easton belts out anthems in fine style and does a spectacular job of providing a pivot around which the show turns. – Daily Mirror
The evening raised money for The Nook a children’s charity based in Norfolk.