There’s tap, there’s ballet, there’s a little interpretive dance, there’s a well-written storyline and there’s a lot of pizzazz. If this sort of entertainment appeals to you, then you’ll want to see 42nd STREET presented by FSCJ Artist Series and sponsored by Chase. The show is choreographed by Randy Skinner and directed by co-author Mark Bramble, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award winning Best Revival. The Broadway hit is in JAX for 5 more shows as it celebrates a successful engagement at the Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater, with a sparkling new production from January 12-17, 2016.
Under the musical direction of Michael Duff, the seven piece orchestra of 42nd STREET did a fantastic job of bringing the music of Harry Warren to the Times Union stage. You’ll be able to recognize some hits such as: “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” “42nd Street” and many more tunes while watching the elaborately dressed dancers glide across the glamorous stage.
The storyline takes place in New York City and Philadelphia, PA around 1933. The curtain partially goes up showing nothing but “legs” tapping in sync to the rhythm of the song “42nd Street”. Mr. Thomas Foster sums up the storyline as: “A young dancer got a chance to show her talents and finally gets a big break (literally) at the cost of the lead dancer. Very well-rehearsed dance performances by the entire cast. Made me tired just watching them.”
The post-depression style clothes are very colorful and the cast are masters of ‘quick-change’. The singing is fantastic and high-stepping dance is amazing. One of the stars has a voice that is very familiar to that of Ethel Merman, and another cast member (the robber) who gets shot at the end reminds one of Danny Kay performing a number in White Christmas. Not enough can be said about the dancing & singing of this musical.
There’s a totally different storyline from “A Chorus Line”, yet “42nd STREET” stands out on its own. You still have time and there are a few choice seats left. Don’t miss the song and dance fable of Broadway – “42nd Street.”
Fri., Jan. 15 8 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 16 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 17 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
300 West Water St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
TICKETS: Start at $38.50 and may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase the official presenter of the Jacksonville show, or by calling (904) 442-BWAY (2929) between 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 442-2947 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.