Lullaby of Broadway Is Back: Goodspeed's 42nd Street Opens

News   Lullaby of Broadway Is Back: Goodspeed's 42nd Street Opens The new Goodspeed Musicals production of the tap-dance-driven musical comedy 42nd Street, directed by Ray Roderick and choreographed by Rick Conant, opens May 13 after previews from April 17 at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT.
42nd Street's Kristen Martin and James Lloyd Reynolds
42nd Street's Kristen Martin and James Lloyd Reynolds Photo by Diane Sobolewski

James Lloyd Reynolds, Laurie Wells, Austin Miller and Kristen Martin are among principal players. Reynolds makes his Goodspeed debut as desperate stage director Julian Marsh; Wells, a Broadway Mamma Mia! veteran, is diva Dorothy Brock; Miller, a popular contestant on the TV reality competition "Grease: You're the One That I Want," is amorous tenor Billy Lawlor; and Martin makes her Goodspeed debut as a chorus girl who has the chance to be a star, Peggy Sawyer.

The production was recently extended one week to July 4.

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42nd Street, the classic backstage tale of the creation of a musical during the Great Depression, features music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin and book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble. It's based on the Warner Bros. film of the same name and the novel by Bradford Ropes. The 1980 musical includes "Lullaby of Broadway," "We're in the Money," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" and the title number. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Abner Dillon is played by Erick Devine; Jonathan Stewart is Pat Denning; Dale Hensley is Bert Barry; Dorothy Stanley is Maggie Jones; and Jenifer Foote is Annie Reilly. Members of the ensemble are Alissa Alter, Kelly Day, Brandon Davidson, Erin Denman, Tim Falter, Joe Grandy, Chad Harlow, Elise Kinnon, Ashley Peacock, Kristyn Pope, Colin Pritchard, Ernie Pruneda, Tara Jeanne Vallee and Erin West. The swings will be Tyler Albright and Emily Thompson.

The production team includes scenic designer Howard C. Jones; costume coordinator will be David H. Lawrence; lighting designer Charlie Morrison; music director Michael O'Flaherty; assistant music director William J. Thomas. 42nd Street is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.

For more information call (860) 873-8668 or visit goodspeed.org.

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Goodspeed Musicals is the two-time Tony Award-winning resident not-for-profit theatre that operates venues in East Haddam and Chester, CT, giving life the new works and revivals.

The cast of Goodspeed Musicals' <i>42nd Street</i>
The cast of Goodspeed Musicals' 42nd Street Photo by Diane Sobolewski
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