• 42nd Street
     
     

    The Production

    Broadway Creative Team


     

    Original Cast
    Original Broadway Cast, 1980

     


    42ND STREET was opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on August 25, 1980. It moved twice--to the Majestic Theatre and the St. James Theater--and closed on January 8, 1989 after 3,486 performances, making it the 14th longest-running musical on Broadway (as of March 2019). The 2001 Broadway revival opened at Ford Center for the Performing Arts on April 4, 2001 and closed on January 2, 2005 after 1,524 performances.


    SOURCE: Internet Broadway Database: www.ibdb.com/broadway-show/42nd-street-1027.

     

     

    Warren and Durbin
    Warren and Dubin


    HARRY WARREN (music) American songwriter and publisher Harry Warren was responsible for hits spanning over 30 years, starting with his first successful tune, "Rose of the Rio Grande," in 1922. The composer wrote hundreds of popular songs and show tunes, including three for which he received Oscars: "Lullaby of Broadway," "On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe," and "You'll Never Know." Other well-known tunes include "I Only Have Eyes for You,", "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "An Affair to Remember" and many more. He teamed up with numerous lyricists over the years, including Al Dubin, Mack Gordon, Sam M. Lewis, Mort Dixon, Bud Green, and Johnny Mercer.

    SOURCE: Layne, Joslyn, and Joslyn Layne. “Harry Warren | Biography & History.” AllMusic, www.allmusic.com/artist/harry-warren-mn0000961299.


    AL DUBIN (lyricist) In tandem with composer Harry Warren, Dubin enjoyed a remarkable run of hits throughout the 1930s, authoring standards like "We're in the Money," "I Only Have Eyes for You," and "Lullaby of Broadway." In the 1920s Dubin settled in Hollywood, teaming with composer Joe Burke to author a series of hits including "Tip-Toe Through the Tulips," "Painting the Clouds With Sunshine," "Love Will Find a Way," and "Dancing With Tears in My Eyes." During the following decade, he joined forces with Warren to score film musicals like 42nd Street, Footlight Parade, and a number of The Gold Diggers pictures. During their five-year partnership, the duo launched an impressive series of popular favorites which also includes "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me," "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "Young and Healthy," "With Plenty of Money and You," and "Love Is Where You Find It."


    SOURCE: Ankeny, Jason, and Jason Ankeny. “Al Dubin | Biography & History.” AllMusic, www.allmusic.com/artist/al-dubin-mn0000770368.


    Stewart and Bramble

    Stewart and Bramble


    MICHAEL STEWART & MARK BRAMBLE (book)

    Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble collaborated on numerous Broadway musicals beginning in 1974, including Barnum and I Love My Wife with composer Cy Coleman and The Grand Tour with composer-lyricist Jerry Herman. Bramble was a three-time Tony Award nominee who directed many productions of 42nd Street, including the Tony Award winning 2001 Broadway revival. Stewart was a playwright and lyricist whose contributions included the Tony-award winning books for Bye-Bye Birdie and Hello, Dolly!.


    Sources:

    “Michael Stewart.” Playbill, www.playbill.com/person/michael-stewart-vault-0000007006

    “Mark Bramble.” Playbill, www.playbill.com/person/mark-bramble-vault-0000008049


    [SIDEBAR]

    LISTEN:

    Theatre Voice

    Listen to Mark Bramble discuss the creation of the musical 42nd Street in a February 2017 interview.

    http://www.theatrevoice.com/audio/mark-bramble-birth-42nd-street/



    Champion

    GOWER CHAMPION (direction, choreography)

    Eight-time Tony Award® winner Gower Champion was a dancer, film actor, choreographer, and stage director. He made his stage-directing debut in 1948 with the musical Lend an Ear. As a dancing team, he and his wife Marge were one of the most popular attractions on television variety shows in the 1950s, appearing on Jack Benny, Garry Moore, Dinah Shore, Ed Sullivan, and even their own series, The Marge and Gower Champion Show, in 1957. During the 1960s, Champion directed and choreographed smash hits on Broadway including Bye Bye Birdie, Carnival!, and Hello, Dolly!.


    SOURCE: “Gower Champion.” The Official Masterworks Broadway Site, masterworksbroadway.com/artist/gower-champion/



    David Merrick

    DAVID MERRICK (producer) produced almost ninety plays and musicals on Broadway over his long career, including seven “Best” Tony Awards® for Becket, Luther, Hello, Dolly!, Marat/Sade , Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Travesties and 42nd Street. In addition, two Special Tonys® were awarded him for his achievements. A notorious prankster and puller of outrageous publicity stunts, he helped to establish the credentials of innumerable theatrical luminaries: Woody Allen, Barbra Streisand, Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, Jule Styne, Harold Arlen, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Kander and Ebb, Schmidt and Jones. He was a tireless promoter of playwrights John Osborne, Tennessee Williams, and Tom Stoppard as well as William Shakespeare. For Merrick, there was no such thing as taking on too much: he was known to start as many as four new projects in a single month.


    SOURCES: “David Merrick.” The Official Masterworks Broadway Site, www.masterworksbroadway.com/artist/david-merrick/

     


     

     

    WATCH

    See dance numbers for the songs “42nd Street” and “We’re in the Money” from the most recent West End (U.K.) revival, performed at the 2019 Olivier Awards in London, England.

     

     

 
 
 

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