We were happy to be invited out to meet some friends last Friday to see the tap dancing musical “42nd Street”. Thanks to our friends Marion and Amber we found a new theatrical outlet for us. This musical was at the Young Actors Theatre. I had driven by this little theatre but had no idea just what was going on there. We love theatre so we decided to give it a shot.
As you know, we are wrapping up our free year in Tallahassee courtesy of an organization called Choose Tallahassee. We won a rent free year here along with tickets to many events. We are thankful to the donors. We really have enjoyed the theatre productions of TCC, FSU and Theatre Tallahassee. There weren’t too many opportunities to see a play in New Hampshire where we used to live.
The play is set during the height of the depression and is about a successful Broadway director, Julian Marsh, (wonderfully played and sung by Jake Armstrong!) who produces a new show but must hire an older fading star. Daniela Rodriguez plays Dorothy Brock…her acting of the difficult star was very good. Her rich friend is backing the show and insists that she be the star. One of the chorus girls, Peggy Sawyer (nicely played and sung by Haley Holcomb) takes over when the star breaks her leg.
You might remember some of these songs from the film with the same name, “We’re in the Money”, “Lullaby of Broadway” and “42nd Street”.
Two things stood out for us. First was the costumes which were exceptionally done. Thank you Lea Reeves, Lisa Peacock and Josie Roman. And the Tap Dancing/Choreography by the company was wonderful. Kudos to Vicky Swezey and Valerie W. Smith.
My favorite character was Maggie Jones, played by Brianna Reilly. She was the best and belted out a great song in “Shuffle Off to Buffalo”.
So I hope you will go see this production which ends June 28. What a truly wonderful and professional production it is! The dancing, singing and acting was some of the best I’ve seen by young actors or any actors. Great production everyone.
Order your tickets online at http://www.youngactorstheatre.com/ or call them at 850-386-6602. Young Actors Theatre is located at 609 Glenview Drive, Tallahassee. Don’t let this one slip by.