Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
Back to Section One | Back to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, June 4, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 23
42nd Street a toe-tapping trip to New York
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
42nd Street a toe-tapping trip to New York

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

42nd Street
Village Theatre, Issaquah
Through August 1


It's now a cliché: the story of a young girl going to New York City, longing to be on Broadway and filling in for the ailing star, only to become the new Broadway sensation. Still, it's a fresh and fun-filled production of 42nd Street which is now playing at Village Theatre. With expert direction and choreography by Steve Tomkins (with an assist from Kristin Culp), this production is one toe-tapping smile after another.

The heart of the show is really the corps of young, energetic tap dancers who hoof it in lockstep, and even on opening night, early in a run, were engagingly unison in their rhythms. Their smiles were radiant and their energy contagious. Music, led by Tim Symons and Bruce Monroe, was typically top of the rung. Set design by Robert Dahlstrom was less "showy" than usual, but worked well to quickly change from one location to the other, swinging in a wall or two, and keeping the "rehearsing in the theater" vibe working well. Costumes by Melanie Burgess were beautiful and over the top for performance looks and fun period everyday wear for street scenes.

This production is full of stolen scenes. In particular, Leslie Law as Maggie Jones, a Broadway playwright, grabs hold of every opportunity to steal a laugh and the spotlight. And Jennifer Weingarten steals hearts as Annie, the chorus girl who pulls back on her own dream to promote Peggy Sawyer's, the new girl on the line, while hoofing her own heart out in multiple songs. Tomkins promotes the tongue-in-cheek attitudes, winking at the audience with a "yes, we know it's an old story, but it's still fun" point of view.

Peggy Sawyer, winningly played by Krystle Armstrong, comes to town from Pennsylvania with that big dream. She catches the eye of a young tenor hoofer, Billy (James Scheider), who helps her get a spot on the line in a big producer's new show. The producer, Julian Marsh (played with panache by John Bogar), needs this show to be a hit. He's gotten bit bad by the depression, but the only way he can afford to mount the show is by taking money from a kiddy car manufacturer squiring around major Broadway star, Dorothy Brock (Shelly Burch, who has the voice, the look and the chops to be the diva).

Brock needs the show, because she's afraid she's losing her star power. And she hangs onto Abner Dillon (talented Allan Barlow in a small role) because her true love and ex-show partner, Pat (Julian Schrenzel), can't support her like she thinks she needs. But a tragic onstage collision with Peggy causes Dorothy to break her ankle and Peggy to get fired. That means the show must close during previews, right? Well, then we wouldn't have the rest of the cliché, would we? Peggy must be wooed back to learn all the songs and 10 more dances in 36 hours in order to open on Broadway and become the next big thing.

Armstrong shows all the longing and excitement and gets some great dance highlights, but we don't get to hear much of her lovely voice until late in the show. Burch gets much of the first-half focus and delivers big songs like "You're Getting to be a Habit With Me" and "I Only Have Eyes for You." They duet on "About a Quarter to Nine" and sound great together.

Don't plan to leave right when applause starts, or you'll miss a satisfying encore. Have a great trip to New York City. For more information, go to www.villagetheatre.org or call 425-392-2202.

Comments on reviews go to sgncritic@gmail.com.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Shirley MacLaine
------------------------------
Seattle's Pride Idol: Round Five
------------------------------
Candide the best of all possible worlds
------------------------------
Seven Deadly Sins: Vanity dance party
------------------------------
The terrific Topp twins
------------------------------
13th of Paris a fun look at modern love
------------------------------
42nd Street a toe-tapping trip to New York
------------------------------
YouTube sensation Ryan O'Connor hits Seattle
------------------------------

------------------------------
VIDEO - Controversial Gay McDonald's Commercial from France -
'Come As You Are'

------------------------------
My Mother's Arse fast-paced and darkly funny
------------------------------
The LGBT films of SIFF: Week two
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
------------------------------

------------------------------
Frightened Rabbit's Hutchison gets ready for Lollapalooza
------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
Letters
------------------------------
Moby interview coming up in Pride Music issue, June 18
------------------------------
A Dyke About Town: Marcia Ball, Folklife, and high school jazz
------------------------------
Mark Morris excites with SSO and Tudor Choir
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

Roku.com-The Little Black Box That Streams Thousands of Films!
gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml
copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2010

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News