Reviewed by Kerry Cooper
Originally a 1933 film musical; 42nd Street transfers well to the stage. It is full of catchy show tunes and dance numbers that demand attention. Director Adam Goodburn has done a fine job in assembling and taking advantage of the varying talent of his cast. With the large amount of students, Goodburn has split the cast in two, showcasing more talent on the stage over the season of the show. I had the pleasure of seeing the Allentown cast.
The opening number was a combination of hits from the show and housed 40 students tapping their hearts out. It was a true showstopper and set the tone for what was to come. Choreographer Linda Williams is the true star of this production, her choreography highlights many fine dancers and even better actors.
Musical director Antony Hubmayer orchestrated a fine score with the support of his talented musicians and the stage was awash with colour with the stunning costumes put together by costume designer Jackie Goldsmith. Set design by Brian Budgen was well thought through; moveable sets were easily manoeuvred by cast members and allowed for the display of different locations.
There were many fine performances. Director Julian Marsh played by Lachlan Williams was a standout; his characterisation and wonderful singing voice was a pleasure to watch. Broadway wannabe Peggy Sawyer was brought to life by Hannah Hamilton, she brought the right amount of naivety to her performance. India Goodhand, Eliza Kennewell, Emily Goldsmith and Jordan Tomljenovic all displayed immense talent. Backed by an enthusiastic ensemble, it is fair to say that this is more than a high school musical.