Current Production - 2021/2022

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42nd Street

Production Team

Alison & Kevin Hirons

Musical Director
Edd Caine

Cassie Rivett

Show week
5th - 9th April 2022

Redditch Palace Theatre


Ticket Prices
£19 per ticket*
*Additional £1 booking fee may apply.

How to book


Book By Stewart & Mark Bramble
Music by Harry Warren -  Lyrics by Al Durbin
Based on the Novel by Bradford Ropes

Original Direction and Dances by Gower Champion

Orignal Produced on Broadway by David Merrick


Studley Operatic Society presents 42nd Street.



42nd Street is a musical with a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, lyrics by Al Dubin and Johnny Mercer and music by Harry Warren. The 1980 Broadway production won the Tony Award for Best Musical and became a long-running hit. The show was produced in London in 1984 (winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical) and its 2001 Broadway revival won the Tony for Best Revival.

Based on the 1932 novel by Bradford Ropes and the subsequent 1933 Hollywood film adaptation, the backstage musical show focuses on the efforts of famed dictatorial Great White Way director Julian Marsh to mount a successful stage production of a musical extravaganza at the height of the Great Depression.

The show is a jukebox musical of sorts, in that, in addition to songs from the 1933 film 42nd Street, it includes songs that Dubin and Warren wrote for many other films at around the same time, including Gold Diggers of 1933, Roman Scandals, Dames, Gold Diggers of 1935, Go into Your Dance, Gold Diggers of 1937 and The Singing Marine. It also includes "There's a Sunny Side to Every Situation", written by Warren and Johnny Mercer for Hard to Get. A 2017 revival added the song "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", written by Warren and Dubin for Moulin Rouge.