This 42nd Street production is a revival of the creation made in Châtelet directed and choreographed by Stephen Mear (2016), whose choreographies of On the Town (2008) and Singin' in the Rain (2015) have already been seen here.

While Broadway has often served as Hollywood's inspiration for musicals with great effects, it is a film - like An American in Paris and Singin' in the Rain - that is at the origin of the show: in this case, Lloyd Bacon's mythical 42nd Street (1933) with choreographies by Busby Berkeley. This film recounts the adventures of the preparation of a musical through its various stages: auditions, rehearsals, premiere... all interspersed with scenes evoking the misadventures of the actors in their "real" lives.

It wasn't until 1980 that 42nd Street went from screen to stage. Gower Champion directed and choreographed this backstage musical, which won "Best Musical" and "Best Choreography" at the Tony Awards and ran for nine years on Broadway. The Châtelet's production toured to Chicago.
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