REVIEW: 42nd Street - Lowther Pavilion, Lytham

St Annes on Sea Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society are busy putting the finishing touches to their production of the Broadway hit musical 42nd Street
St Annes on Sea Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society are busy putting the finishing touches to their production of the Broadway hit musical 42nd Street
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A glitzy slice of Broadway on the 
Fylde coast

St Annes Operatic and Dramatic Society entertained a large opening night audience with an assured and accomplished performance.

The strength of the show is in the tap dancing numbers and choreographer Sarah Appleton had her team superbly drilled. Karl Hugo, a fluid, athletic dancer and excellent singer, leads the way, ably assisted by Owen Broughton, as Lullaby on Broadway and the title number receive the full treatment. Don Green uses his imposing stature to full advantage as hard-boiled stage producer Julian Marsh. Michelle Reynolds as the fading star Dorothy – a difficult role here – and Lucy-Ella Smith as the aspiring star Peggy are first-class in both acting and singing.

It is a very Broadway kind of show about Broadway itself. Producer Felicity Howell wisely lets it be unashamedly American with full-on accents, glitzy set and costumes, whilst musical director Peter Weston produces a splendid big band sound with catchy percussion to the fore.

Continues until tomorrow – go to www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk for details.

JULIAN WILDE