AITKIN -- "42nd Street" is a musical set in 1933, during the Great Depression. It celebrates the hopes and dreams of every young actor someday to become a Broadway star.
The curtain rises on the auditions for a show called "Pretty Lady." Young Peggy Sawyer arrives from a small town in Pennsylvania with enthusiasm and talent, but has missed the auditions. However, when she becomes friends with some of the cast members, they convince the director to accept her into the show anyway.
The star of "Pretty Lady," Miss Dorothy Brock, hasn't been in a hit musical for 10 years, but she has a sugar daddy who has agreed to back this production if she plays the lead. After weeks of hard work with some conflicts between cast members, "Pretty Lady" opens with great success. However, before the curtain falls, disaster strikes.
During the final number, Dorothy is accidentally knocked down by Peggy and breaks her ankle.
The first response of the director is to fire Peggy and cancel the show. The cast members, who desperately need to work, finally convince him to rehire Peggy as Dorothy's replacement. Peggy has 36 hours to learn all of the songs and dances, but like all fairy tales, she does the impossible and becomes Broadway's newest star.
Familiar songs in the musical include "We're in the Money," "Lullaby of Broadway" and, of course, the song with the lyrics that say, "Come and meet those dancing feet, on the avenue I'm taking you to ... Forty-Second Street."
This musical will be presented by the Aitkin High School Choir, directed by Bryan Johnson, at 7:30 p.m. April 3, 4 and 5 in the high school auditorium. There will be a public matinee performance 2 p.m. April 2.
Tickets for reserved seats are available in the district office.
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