Visit ’42nd Street’ this weekend Show times

By on March 13, 2013

Photo by Preston Whitcraft

Warwick High School Music Department presents their spring musical, "42nd Street" March 15 and March 16 at 7:30 p.m., and March 17 at 2 p.m. in the Warwick High School Performing Arts Center.

"42nd Street" is a big, bold musical set in 1933 that celebrates the stuff that dreams are made of. If you like tap dancing, then this show is a must. This quintessential "backstage" musical traces the history of a Broadway musical comedy, from casting call to opening night. Bailey Norman plays famed director Julian Marsh, who despite his failing health is determined to stage one last great production, "Pretty Lady."

Others involved include "Pretty Lady" star Dorothy Brock (Alina Stephenson), Dorothy’s "sugar daddy" (Tyler Minnich), who finances the show; her true love Pat Denning (J.J. Vulopas); leading man Billy Lawlor (David Krak); and starry-eyed chorus girl Peggy Sawyer (Maggie Weaver).

When Dorothy twists her ankle the night before the premiere, Julian Marsh is forced to put Peggy into the lead: "You’re going out there a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!"

Delightfully corny, with hilarious wisecracking support, "42nd Street" is perhaps the most famous of Warners’ early-1930s musicals. Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes (which was a lot steamier than the movie censors would allow), "42nd Street is a feel-good musical that keeps you rooting for the underdog.

More supporting roles for the play include: Maggie Jones (Emily Zimmerman), Ann Reilly (Bailey Fulginiti), Lorraine Flemming (Taylor Sweeney), Gladys (Emily Evans), Diane Lorimer (Linn Bjanes), Ethel (Kayla Brooks), Phyllis Dale (Becca Goebel), Bert Barry (Erik Homberger), Andy Lee (Samson Cassel Nucci), and Mac (Anna Clarke).

"42nd Street" is written by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin.

Music from the show includes: "You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me," "Dames," "I Know Now," "We’re in the Money," "Lullaby of Broadway," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" and "42nd Street.

Directors for the show include Music Director: Debra Kline-Smith; Co-Pit Orchestra Directors: Ann Ahlers and Ms. Sherry Kline. Co-Drama Directors are: Craig Smith and Theresa Walker. Choreography Director: Samantha Hewes; Set Design and Construction: Jeff Pfeiffer and Joel Bischoff; Costumes: Diane Fund; Makeup and Hair Design: Sharon Walker; Scenic Artists: Michael Smith and Steve Goss, Stage Manager, Dale Kline; Co-House Managers: Bill Brown and Linda Brown; Audio Technician, Barry Wenger; Lighting Technician, Matt Jerchau; Lighting Designer, Jeffrey Cusano, with support from the Warblers Parent Association.

"We chose 42nd Street because of its cross-generational appeal. It is a high-energy show with lots of dancing and glitz. This show has a large cast that enables us to get a lot of students involved in the production," said Music Director Debra Kline-Smith.

Presale tickets are available this week in the lobby of the high school performing arts center on TMarch 14 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets will also be available from one hour prior to showtime in the lobby on each of the performance nights. All seating in every section is reserved.

Orchestra Center Section is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens (age 60 and older) and children/students. Sides and Mezzanine Seating Ticket Prices: $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens and children/students. Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, 2 p.m. More WHS MUSICAL, page A16

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