Theater: And the Show Did Go On

42ND STREET Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion Songs by Harry Warren and Al Dubin

Hear that particular, percussive sound as the curtains fall away, showing dozens of chorus dancers tapping like delirious bobbins. To generations of Broadway audiences, this single sensation is an express ticket to some giddy paradise. In that tradition, and for that audience, 42nd Street is a musical made in heaven. For theatergoers outside the tradition, skeptical of it, the show will look like a high-stepping exercise in runaway nostalgia.

The grand, silly movie original 42nd Street that Lloyd Bacon...

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