PHOTO CALL: Stritch and Testa Reside on 42nd Street

News   PHOTO CALL: Stritch and Testa Reside on 42nd Street Cabaret's Billy Stritch plays 42nd Street's Oscar, the rehearsal pianist, while Mary Testa stars as Maggie Jones, the musical-within-a-musical's lyricist and performer.

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Cabaret's Billy Stritch plays 42nd Street's Oscar, the rehearsal pianist, while Mary Testa stars as Maggie Jones, the musical-within-a-musical's lyricist and performer.

42nd Street was a surprise smash when it opened in August 1980, directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, who died hours before the opening curtain. Drawn from the film of the same name, and fueled by a score culled from various Warner Bros. movie musicals, the tuner told of young Peggy Sawyer, the chorine from Allentown who steps in for the ailing Broadway star — and becomes a star herself.

The score includes "Lullaby of Broadway," "We're in the Money," "You're Getting To Be a Habit With Me," "Young and Healthy," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," "Dames" and more.

42nd Street begins previews April 4 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts before opening May 2.