Musical back on stage

Kevin Bailey and Ashley Ruth Jones in the Palos Verdes Performing Arts production of ‘42nd Street.’ (Photo courtesy of PVPA)

A new production of the Tony Award-winning song and dance fable of Broadway, “42nd Street,” opens April 27 at the Norris Theatre. Produced by Palos Verdes Performing Arts, the musical will run through May 13 for 11 performances.

The production features some of the greatest songs ever written, including “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”

Based on Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, “42nd Street” tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a starry-eyed young dancer who leaves her quiet Allentown home for New York City to audition for a glitzy new Broadway musical. She joins the chorus and when the legendary leading lady breaks her ankle, newcomer Peggy is given a one in a million chance to take over the role, and against all odds, becomes a star.

A hit from the start, the original production of “42nd Street” opened on Broadway in 1980, where it ran for nearly nine years. The show won 1981 Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Choreography, and the long-running Broadway revival, which opened in 2001, earned two Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

The Palos Verdes Performing Arts production of “42nd Street” features a 16-piece orchestra, with direction and choreography by Broadway tour veteran Christine Negherbon and musical direction by Ryan O’Connell. The musical is produced by Christopher Gilbert, and stars equity actors Ashley Ruth Jones as Peggy Sawyer, Austin Miller as Billy Lawlor, Kevin Bailey as Julian Marsh and Sandy Bainum as Dorothy Brock.

Performances during the April 27 — March 13 run of “42nd Street” are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays and Saturday May 5 and 12. Tickets prices are $30 to $80, and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at (310) 544-0403. A limited number of discounted tickets are available as a Mother’s Day special for the May 13 performance. With the purchase of one full price adult ticket, the second ticket is 50% off with code “mom42.” The offer includes champagne greeting upon arrival, and is limited to one discount per transaction. The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

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