The flavor and dynamics of the original 1933 film are evoked in this vivid and very complete reimagining of Gower Champion’s 1980 stage hit. From utilitarian rehearsal rooms to spectacular onstage pageantry (including a flashy Times Square for the final ballet), the swiftly changing scenic designs by Bruce Brockman and vintage-looking costumes by Deborah Roberts deliver handsomely.
Lavish set design by Bruce Brockman includes drops and scrims (55′ wide x 26′ high), designed for speedy transitions and somewhat flexible stage sizes. Set pieces include the “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” train cars, the two-story Broad Street Railway station, the electric theatre marquees for the “42nd Street” Ballet, Dorothy Brock’s dressing room, the Gypsy Tea Kettle, and all other locations referenced in the script.
Movement: Flying soft goods / hard flying pieces / large rolling units
Offstage space: 16’ SR, SL / 10’by 30’ upstage
Number of Trucks: * 2-53’air-ride
# Line sets used: 25
Portals: Three (hard headers/ soft legs)
Load-in crew: 8-carps / 4-elecs / 3-fly / 2-props
Load-in time: 12+ hours
Show crew: 4-carps / 2-elecs / 2-props
Fly crew: 2-fly
*See Space requirements for Logistic Requirements
Dozens of colorful costumes designed by Deborah Roberts incorporate many new elements, but do accommodate Gower Champion’s original staging.
Supported cast: 13-principals / 16-female / 13-male
Shipping: 7-rolling gondolas
Alterations: Standard seam allowances
Principal size range: Female dress 4 to 14 / Male suit 37 to 46 / Ens female: 0 to 8 / Ens male 36 to 42
# Ensemble Bottoms: n/a
# Ensemble Tops: n/a