Come and meet those dancing feet! Casting has been announced for the national tour of the Tony Award-winning backstage musical comedy 42nd STREET, coming to Bass Hall and Dallas Summer Musicals next summer!
In the director’s chair will be co-author Mark Bramble and choreography will be handled by Randy Skinner – the team that staged the 2001 Tony Award-winning Best Revival. The show will include some of the most well-known songs in the American songbook, including “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”
Two Texans will star in lead roles: Matthew J. Taylor (CATS, DAMN YANKEES), born in Port Arthur and now living in Nederland, will take on the role of director Julian Marsh, and Houston native Caitlin Ehlinger will star as newcomer Peggy Sawyer. Rounding out the leads will be Kaitlin Lawrence (HAPPY ENDINGS, CALIFORNIA DREAMING), who will star as Broadway leading lady Dorothy Brock.
Two other cast members are also from the Lone Star State. Sarah Fagan, who plays Diane and is a member of the ensemble, hails from Arlington and attended Martin High. Another ensemble member, Mandy Modic, is from Dallas and attended Coppell High.
Also featured are Britte Steele (Maggie Jones), Steven Bidwell (Bert Barry), Mark Fishback (Abner Dillon), DJ Canaday (Pat Denning), Blake Stadnik (Billy Lawlor), Natalia Lepore Hagan (Annie), Carlos Morales (Mac/Doc/Thug), Lamont Brown (Andy Lee), Rob Ouellette (Oscar), Vanessa Mitchell (Lorraine) and Mallory Nolting (Phyllis).
With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, 42nd STREET is based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie and tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star.
The original production of 42nd STREET was produced in 1980 on Broadway by David Merrick and featured direction and dances by Gower Champion. It played on Broadway for 3,486 performances, winning Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Choreography. The Broadway revival, which opened in 2001, played for 1,524 performances and earned two Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.
The show is a part of Performing Arts Fort Worth’s 2015-2016 Broadway at the Bass season. It will play at Bass Performance Hall July 12-17. The show will also appear at the Music Hall at Fair Park June 28-July 10, as part of Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2015-2016 Broadway season.