Chicago, Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Anticipation was high before Sunday’s 5:00p.m. performance of 42nd
Street at The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. I can’t remember many performances
where the applause started before the show, but it happened on Sunday. The
theater was dark, the opening number ensemble members were on stage when spontaneous applause broke out. Then the lights went up, the show began and the audience was not to be disappointed. Right from the get-go the 23 member cast delivered.
Big musical extravaganzas is where Marriott is at their best. Of course, it didn’t hurt that they were able to obtain some top-notch veterans to help pull it all together. Costume designer Nancy Missimi’s numerous, glamorous costumes, that required some lightening-fast changes, captured the era to a T. The clever stage design techniques employed by Resident Scenic Designer Thomas M. Ryan worked beautifully for this large production on Marriott’s relatively small arena stage. Veteran choreographer Tammy Mader was able to bring out the best in the talented ensemble of dancers.
Broadway actor, Tom Galantich as Julian Marsh returned to his roots at Marriott where he earned his Actors’ Equity card 30 years ago. 42nd Street’s well-oiled machine also features Drew Humphrey as Billy Lawlor, Cathy Lord as Dorothy Brock, Andrew Lupp as Andy Lee, Nancy Voigts as Maggie Jones, Michael Weber as Bert Barry, Roger Mueller as Abner Dillon, Adam Pelty as Pat Denning, Ericka Mac as Annie, Dina DiCostanzo as Lorraine, Johanna McKenzie Miller as Gladys, Melissa Zaremba as Phyllis/Dance Captain and ensemble members Gary Carlson, Matthew Crowle, Jenny Guse, Patrick Keefe, Ashton Napier, Katheryn Patton, Matt Raftery, Steven Spanopoulos, Richard Strimer and Tiffany Topol.
The Marriott Theatre show is based on the 1933 movie, 42nd Street, filmed during the Depression. It was such a big hit at that time that it saved its studio (Warner Brothers) from bankruptcy. In 1980, it was produced as a Broadway play by David Merrick where it stuck around for 3,486 performances making it the 12th longest running show in the history of The Great White Way.
The story in a story, set during the Depression in New York, follows a starry-eyed actress, Peggy Sawyer played by Kaitlyn Davidson who leaves her small town for the bright lights of Broadway. The alternating story is that of aging actress Dorothy Brock (Catherine Lord). The two are set on a collision course. See the slideshow and video at the bottom of this post for a preview look at Marriott’s 42nd St.
Ticket prices range from $41 to $49, plus tax and handling fees. To reserve tickets with a major credit card, call the Marriott Theatre
Box Office at (847) 634 0200 or www.Ticketmaster.com. Visit
www.MarriottTheatre.com for more information. The show runs through May 29th. aMarriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL
Seniors and Students receive $5.00 off a full price theatre ticket on
Wednesday 1:00p.m., Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00p.m. and 5:00p.m. shows.
The performance schedule is Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 1:00pm and 5:00 p.m.
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