The Tony Award winning musical "42nd Street" remains one of the 10 longest-running shows in Broadway history. The toe-tapping, foot-stomping musical comedy was named best musical revival and has one of the largest casts on Broadway.
"42nd Street" is based on the 1933 movie musical of the same name. It tells the story of a starry eyed young actress named Peggy Sawyer who has come to audition for the new Julian Marsh directed musical that is about to open on Broadway.
Peggy soon catches the eye of the famous director, and when the chorus turns up one girl short, Peggy gets her big break. But, Peggy can't seem to stay in the good graces of the show's aging leading lady, Dorothy Brock, and on opening night, Peggy accidentally trips Dorothy, who falls and breaks her ankle. The angry director fires Peggy on the spot. Discouraged and ready to give up all her dreams of becoming a star, Peggy packs her bags and heads for the train station. However Peggy is able to turn into a star with a little help from fate.
The original Broadway production of 42nd Street won the 1981 Tony Award for Best Musical, ran for more than eight years (August 25, 1980-January 8, 1989), and remains one of the 10 longest-running shows in Broadway history.
This Tony Award-winning production of Broadway's musical comedy, "42nd Street," opened at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, May 2, 2001.