Olivier winner Ruthie Henshall will be Dorothy Brock opposite Olivier nominee Adam Garcia's Julian Marsh in an upcoming U.K. production of the classic American musical 42nd Street.
Directed by Jonathan Church (Singin’ in the Rain, The Drifters Girl), the production will play the Leicester Curve Theatre May 17-June 3 before arriving at Sadler’s Wells June 7-July 2.
The cast will also feature Les Dennis as Bert Barry and Nicole-Lily Baisden as Peggy Sawyer. The four leads are currently scheduled to only play the Curve and Sadler’s Wells engagements.
A U.K. tour will subsequently launch July 13-22 at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre before playing the Leeds Grand Theatre, Bristol Hippodrome, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre, Glasgow Theatre Royal, and more.
The production will also include Sam Lips as Billy Lawlor with ensemble members Erica-Jayne Alden, George Beet, Charlie Bishop, Briana Craig, Ashleigh Graham, Alyn Hawke, Aimee Hodnett, Connor Hughes, Sarah-Marie Maxwell, Ben Middleton, Benjamin Mundy, Anthony Ofoegbu, and Jessica Wright.
Borrowing songs from old Warner Bros. movies, Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble wrote the book (based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and the film of the same name) for 42nd Street, Harry Warren wrote the music, and Al Dubin wrote the lyrics. The original Broadway production, produced by David Merrick, opened in August 1980, playing nearly 3,500 performances before closing January 8, 1989. The musical was nominated for eight 1981 Tony Awards, winning two, Best Musical and Best Choreography for Gower Champion.
This new production also have choreography by Olivier winner Bill Deamer, designs by Olivier winner Rob Jones, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Ian Dickinson and Gareth Tucker, video design by Jon Driscoll, musical supervision by Jennifer Whyte, and orchestrations by Larry Blank.
Further casting for the tour will be announced at a later time.
David Ian for Crossroads Live and Jonathan Church Theatre Productions produce.