Saturday, January 17, 2015

review 42ND STREET - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

For more information on this production that runs through February 8th, click here.

"The musical comedy smash 42nd Street has danced its way to Desert Stages Theatre for a month long run. While the DST production could use a bit more lightness, color, and humor to brighten up the mostly dark production, it's still a fun-filled show, due to the excellent lead performances and an abundance of toe tapping choreography.    Director/choreographer Cambrian James has cast three excellent performers in the lead parts of Marsh, Sawyer and Brock. Bright-eyed and as energetic as can be, Angela Kriese is absolutely perfect as Peggy. Her singing and dancing are top notch and the joy she brings to the part is thrilling. David Rodgers is steadfast and demanding as Marsh, bringing an appropriate fatherly touch to the role. While he really only gets parts of two songs to sing in the show, Rodgers does well with both. As Dorothy, Alaina Beauloye has the right balance of fierceness and old time star power to bring the role to vibrant life. Beauloye expertly shows Brock's vulnerable side in her scenes and songs.    Even with a few small shortcomings, with fun, spirited choreography, great leads, and a knock out performance from Angela Kriese, there is much to like in DST's 42nd Street." -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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