42nd Street doesn't have an original narrative, brilliant lyrics, or daring musical composition.
42nd Street doesn't have an original narrative, brilliant lyrics, or daring musical composition. What it does have, though, is the spritely energy of an optimistic girl from nowhere who's determined to make it as a Broadway hoofer. With such classic numbers as "Lullaby of Broadway," "We're in the Money," and "Keep Young and Beautiful"—not to mention the title tune—42nd Street has a memorable score that's nearly as irresistible as its show-stopping tap routines. Musical director Todd Ellison keeps up the toe-tapping pace in this Tony Award-winning Broadway revival, with orchestrations that stay true to their era even as they're pared down for a fresher, cleaner, more current sound—which producer Hugh Fordin polishes to a brassy finish here. Christine Ebersole—who won a Tony for her portrayal of snobby starlet Dorothy Brock—provides a welcome counterpoint to the staccato taps with her expressive tone and smooth phrasing on "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me" and her satiny rendition of "I Only Have Eyes for You."—WH