42nd Street

42nd Street

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET takes the stage at the Lutcher Theater for two shows on Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. 

42nd STREET is the tap dance extravaganza that is essentially Broadway’s “reality show” filled with backstage drama centered around the American dream of becoming a star. Musically, it includes some of the most notable standards ever written, including “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”

Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and 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 the new Broadway musical, Pretty Lady. When the legendary leading lady breaks her ankle, underdog Peggy takes over and, against all odds, becomes a star.

The show will also feature Matthew J. Taylor, of Nederland as the notorious director Julian Marsh. This will be third time Taylor returns to perform at the Lutcher as he was the national tours Cats as well as Guys and Dolls. He holds a BA degree from Westminster Choir College and a Masters from Oklahoma State.

“I started with this tour about a year and a half,” said Taylor. “It’s the story of a young dancer who comes to New York looking for stardom. She gets thrust into the limelight by circumstance and at the same time parallel with that, is the story of a down-and-out impresario of Broadway, Julian Marsh, who I play, who is trying to scrape his way back from being hit hard by the Great Depression. It’s their paths to greatness.”

Taylor said he had never seen 42nd STREET, which is one of his favorite ways to go into a show so he can make it his own. 

“There were a couple of films and actors I watched,” he said. “The first one was Patton, because Julian has to have a pretty gruff edge to him. I also watched Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind over and over again. His line delivery was so scandalous and charming at the same time.”

With an all-new cast on this tour, Taylor said they met every morning for rehearsal and tell stories by people by people who have lived through the Great Depression. “It was a really different time and struggle that we needed to tap into.” 

Taylor added that he was excited to come home and hopes to see many friends and family in the audience. 

Tickets are $40-$65 and can be purchased online at lutcher.org or by calling (409) 886-5535. 

The Lutcher Theater is located at 707 Main Ave in downtown Orange.