Jacoby, Elder, Cella and Cooper Will Hear the Beat of 42nd Street in Philly

News   Jacoby, Elder, Cella and Cooper Will Hear the Beat of 42nd Street in Philly Marc Jacoby, recently of Broadway's Sweeney Todd, will be gruff director Julian Marsh in Walnut Street Theatre's new production of 42nd Street in Philadelphia Nov. 7-Jan. 7, 2007.

The principal cast will also include David Elder (recently of WST's Windy City) returning to the role of Billy after playing it for four years in the Broadway revival; Susan Cella as fading diva Dorothy Brock; and Cara Cooper (The Wedding Singer) as newbie hoofer Peggy Sawyer, who has to step in for the ailing star of a new Broadway show.

Based on the old Warner Bros. picture (and a novel before it), 42nd Street (1980) has a standard-filled score by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, and libretto by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble.

Longtime Walnut favorite Charles Abbott directs. Mary Jane Houdina choreographs the tap-happy show. Douglass G. Lutz is musical director.

The cast also includes Katie O'Shaughnessey as Anytime Annie, Bill Bateman as Bert Barry and Diane Findlay as Maggie Jones, with Marc Kessler, George Dvorsky, Valerie Jane Smith, John Peakes, Melanie Allen, Nina Fluke, Deven Marie Miller, Jenny Lee Ramos, Robert Abdoo, Megan Nicole Arnoldy, Kevin Deitzler, Kelley Faulkner, William Hartery, Jennifer Jancuska, Kerri Rose Jenkins, Mike Kirsch, Sonny Leo, Jennifer Renee Morris, Ken Nelson, Nathan Peck, Jennifer Rias, Peter John Rios, Brandon Rubendall, Michael Susko and Molly Walsh.

The design team includes set designer Chuck Kading, lighting designer John Stephen Hoey, costume designer Colleen Grady and sound designer Ryk Lewis. For more information, visit www.WalnutStreetTheatre.org.

Mark Jacoby and Walnut Street's chorus girls will appear in <i>42nd Street</i>.
Mark Jacoby and Walnut Street's chorus girls will appear in 42nd Street. Photo by Mark Garvin
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