42Nd Street Tickets

42nd Street is a famous musical which premiered in 1980 on Broadway. Its original Broadway run in 1980, and subsequent West End run in 1984, were a huge success and the musical went on to win numerous awards including the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical. Since then the musical has been revived multiple times and has become a long running hit in theaters across the world. The musical is once again being revived in the US and will be staged at the historic Paramount Theater in Aurora, Illinois, where by buying 42nd Street tickets, you can catch it live on stage.

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42nd Street

Music and Lyrics:

Harry Warren and Al Dubin

Famous Songs:

We’re in the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, 42nd Street

A Broadway musical about making Broadway musicals, 42nd Street is a classic “dance- heavy” production. The Paramount Theater production will feature live music from the Theater’s orchestra as the production pays tribute to the classic Broadway musicals of yesteryear.


The musical is based on a novel by author Bradford Ropes and its subsequent 1933 film adaptation about how a domineering director tries to put together a musical extravaganza in the midst of the Great Depression.

The story was adapted into a musical by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, who wrote the book for the musical. Al Dubin provided the lyrics and Harry Warren composed the music, as producer David Merrick took up the challenge of staging the production.

The play premiered in June 1980 at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, to gauge what sort of response it would get. After six previews the musical opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater in August. The play was a huge success and after its run at the Winter Garden, it moved to the Majestic Theater and then to St. James, where it finally closed after 3,468 shows.

The musical was next staged at London’s West End, where it premiered in August 1984 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it again was a smash hit and won the Olivier Award for best musical. In 2001, it was revived by writer Mark Bramble, and opened at the Foxwoods Theater on Broadway. Running for 1,524 performances, it met with overwhelming positive response, and won a Tony Award for ‘Best Revival of a Musical.’

About the Play:

Authentic, gorgeous costumes, elaborate sets and extravagant props, the show takes the audience back to the 1930’s New York, where a young girl and aspiring actress, Peggy Sawyer, comes to Broadway in the hope of launching her acting career. But coming to New York City presents challenges for a naïve young girl who has to work hard to keep the city wolves at bay, while she tries to work her way up the ladder to success.

She gets her big break when she is spotted by famous Broadway director Julian Marsh, who offers her a chance to sing in his new production’s choir. But just like the city, Broadway is also full of villains and heroes both off and on the stage. Just like countless other actors before her, Peggy has to encounter all these problems to achieve stardom.

A rags to riches story, the musical features some of Broadway’s greatest hits, including We’re in the Money, Lullaby of Broadway, and the famous title track, 42nd Street itself. Armed with a captivating storyline, great music and that special “oomph” factor, this is one production no theater lover can afford to miss.


Interesting Facts:

  • The original production reportedly cost three million dollars to produce.
  • As of May 2012, the musical was the thirteenth longest running show in Broadway history.
  • The original Tony Award nominated wardrobe used in the musical’s first production is displayed at the Costumed World Broadway Collection in Florida.
  • Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones got her big break while working in the West End Production of the musical. She was hired as a chorus member, but after the original lead actress fell ill she was hired to replace her.
  • The director of the original production, Gower Champion died on the day of the musical’s Broadway premier.