42nd Street Brings the Lullaby of Broadway to the Wick Theatre

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Executive Director Marilyn A. Wick announced “The Wick Theatre’s third production in their inaugural season, 42nd Street opened on January 9th to enthusiastic applause and continues to sell-out each performance as the word-of- outh spreads. The response has been so overwhelming that we’ve decided to extend the show another week through February 15th.” 42nd Street is thought to be the quintessential Broadway musical. Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes, the story focuses on the heroine, Peggy Sawyer (Julie Kleiner – fresh from her recent star turn in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas) who is plucked from the chorus to save the day when the leading lady takes a tumble and can’t go on. This production boasts the largest cast to date at the Wick, with 24 singing and dancing actors. The incredible cast of 22 singers and dancers recall the hey-day of the American musical theatre with a performance chock full of sentimental musical favorites like Shuffle Off to Buffalo, We’re in the Money, Lullaby of Broadway and, of course, 42nd Street. With the skillful guidance of veteran director, Norb Joerder and choreography by Florida resident, Ron Hutchins, a trip down the Wick’s 42nd Street is a love letter to the great musical extravaganzas of the 20’s & 30’s. And, if that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, the cast is dressed in an assortment of fabulous costumes from the 1980 Broadway production and the 2001 revival that are part of the permanent collection at the Wick’s Costume Museum and Costume World, Inc. – all coordinated under the skilled eye of Kimberly Wick. The 42nd Street cast also features Jim Ballard, as the driven director, Julian Marsh; Aaron Bower as the aging diva, Dorothy Brock and Alex Jorth as Peggy’s would-be suitor, Billy Lawlor. Rounding out the cast are a host of local favorites that include Missy McArdle, Alan Gerstel, Jeffrey Bruce and Christopher George Patterson, who also serves as the company’s dance captain. “We are thrilled to have such incredibly talented people working on this show,” said Resident Musical Director, Michael Ursua. “This is going to be exciting and memorable production!” Now extended through February 15th, showtimes for 42nd Street are Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Wick Theatre box office at 561-995-2333 or on the web at www.theWick.org. The Wick Theatre (formerly the Caldwell Playhouse) is located at 7901 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton.