Ebersole, whose contract is ending, brought her clear, soulful soprano to the role of faded diva Dorothy Brock in the revival, singing "Shadow Waltz," "I Only Have Eyes for You" and "About a Quarter to Nine."
Michael Cumpsty, who originated the role of gruff director Julian Marsh left the show May 26. His standby, Michael Dantuono is now singing "Lullaby of Broadway" nightly at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
David Elder, Mary Testa, Jonathan Freeman, Michael Arnold, Mylinda Hull (to be replaced by Amy Dolan June 11), Richard Muenz, Richard Pruitt, Steve Luker and Billy Stritch continue in featured roles, with Meredith Patterson starring as tap-happy star-to-be Peggy Sawyer.
Leavel played Dorothy during Ebersole's leave of absence earlier this season. She played Mrs. Bixby in The Civil War, and appeared as Anytime Annie in the original run of 42nd Street, as well as appearing in Broadway's Crazy for You and the Hal Prince Show Boat. Dantuono has understudied this 42nd Street's Pat Denning, Abner Dillon, Mac, Thug and Doctor. He also appeared in the original 42nd Street, The Three Musketeers, the Anthony Quinn Zorba, Can Can and Caesar and Cleopatra with Rex Harrison. This revised revival of the 1980 smash — a backstage fable based on the film and novel of the same name — has new songs and new scenic and dramatic elements to it, thanks to director Mark Bramble and choreographer Randy Skinner.
For tickets, call (212) 307-4100. The Ford Center is at 213 W. 42nd Street (there is also a main entrance on 43rd street).