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42nd Street @ Holy Spirit High School

Get out your tap shoes because once you see Holy Spirit's 42nd Street you'll want to join in! From the sparkling costumes to the incredible music and dazzling scenery, this show is handled with such care, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats!

42nd Street was first released in 1980 as a stage musical with a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble. This show became a long running success after winning the Tony Award for Best Musical and later in 2001 winning Best Revival. The story follows Julian Marsh, a Broadway director wanting one last big break before retirement. His lead actress, Dororthy Brock, is torn between her two loves, and struggles throughout the production. When a terrible accident occurs, it becomes a big chance for an aspiring young performer named Peggy Sawyer.

The lead role of Peggy Sawyer was brought to life by Morgan Murphy, who gave the show an enthusiasm and liveliness attitude. The other female lead, Dororthy Brock (Liza Martino) lit up the theater with her incredible vocals and was able to bring a sadness out that made everyone feel the same disappointment she did when her ankle broke. Julian Marsh (Jack Hierholzer) captured his desperation perfectly and brought some comedy to his role that had the audience chuckling.

The supporting cast did not fall short, and the Chorus Girls were able to light up the theater with their incredible tap moves and their vocals. Ann Reilly (Violet Berk) portrayed her character with ease and had sassy facial expressions that drew the audience to her. Although there was a small ensemble, they were able to bring an energy that made them feel bigger.  In numbers such as "Lullaby of Broadway", and "Shuffle Off to Buffalo", the ensemble brought a vibrant feel to the songs in their many enjoyable tap dance numbers.

The costumes in this show were staggering and had everyone in awe. The silver dresses in the Act 1 Finale, "We're in the Money" matched impressively with the vibes of the song. Many of Dororthy Brock's costumes were able to portray the success and wealth of her character without seeming over the top or too much. Peggy Sawyor's costumes were also good at making her stand out from the crowd without being obvious.

The stage crew and art crew's spatial awareness created beautiful sets. During the Act 2 Finale, when Julian Marsh sings 42nd Street, the lights turned in toward him. This subtle yet simple detail perfectly ended the show. The stage crew also handled quick set changes skillfully and some went so fast, it felt professional at times.

Overall, Holy Spirit's production of 42nd Street was a classic and beautiful performance. The liveliness brought to this show was enjoyable and had the audience to their feet. If you're free, it's highly recommended you take a stroll down 42nd Street! 

About the Author

Flood-Orion, Jeffrey

Flood-Orion, Jeffrey

Program Director - FY20 Season


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