UK Productions National Tour
Saturday 13th October 2012
It's glitz, glamour and tap-shoes galore as the Theatre Royal is transformed this week into New York's 42nd Street. A show-within-a-show, we follow the development of Pretty Lady, a new musical written to save the financial fate of the production team following the Wall Street crash.
Fresh faced young Peggy Sawyer is played by Jessica Punch, with wide eyed innocence almost bordering on gormlessness at times, but a lovely voice and some exceptional tapping. Thrown in at the deep end, she carries Pretty Lady's Broadway opening, and leads the audience along with her all the way. Pretty Lady's Director Julian Marsh is played by Dave Willetts. Masterful in his drilling of the ensemble, confident but modest in success, his professionalism and passion is absorbing. Once a star but still a diva, Dorothy Brock is played by Marti Webb, her warm, powerful voice bringing the house down.
Lavish sets, dozens of changes between both sumptuous and skimpy costumes, familiar upbeat tunes and oodles of feel-good factor make for a traditional musical theatre treat - and a very enjoyable one at that.