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.
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.
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.
Opening is May 13. For more information call (860) 873-8668 or visit goodspeed.org.
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.