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Renowned Broadway producer/director Julian Marsh is hired to put together a new musical revue. It's being financed by Abner Dillon to provide a starring vehicle for his girlfriend, songstress Dorothy Brock. Marsh, who is quite ill, is a difficult task master working long hours and continually pushing the cast to do better. When Brock breaks her ankle one of the chorus girls, Peggy Sawyer, gets her big chance to be the star. She also finds romance along the way. Written by garykmcd

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$2,300,000 (USA)
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The original Broadway production based on the movie "42nd Street" opened at the Winter Garden Theater on August 25, 1980, ran for 3486 performances, won the 1981 Tony Award for the Best Musical and was nominated for Best Book for a Musical. See more »

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While in Philadelphia, Julian's position relative to the girls changes as he dismisses them for the night. See more »

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Julian Marsh: Sawyer, you listen to me, and you listen hard. Two hundred people, two hundred jobs, two hundred thousand dollars, five weeks of grind and blood and sweat depend upon you. It's the lives of all these people who've worked with you. You've got to go on, and you've got to give and give and give. They've got to like you. Got to. Do you understand? You can't fall down. You can't because your future's in it, my future and everything all of us have is staked on you. All right, now I'm through, but you...
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Shuffle Off to Buffalo
(1932) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Music by Harry Warren
Sung and Danced by Ruby Keeler and Clarence Nordstrom
Also sung by Ginger Rogers, Una Merkel, and Chorus
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42nd street
9 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After watching 42nd Street so many times it relays to me just how much musical cinema has become so important to the cinema goer of today.Films such as these really show the true hard work and commitment played out by all the actors/actresses etc. involved.The films plot is easy to follow but the true genius of 42nd Street is Busby Berkley,his timeless dedication and devotion to produce unforgettable song and dance routines will rest in the heart of every musical fan forever. Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell were perfectly matched as the main characters,they have a charisma on screen that is hard to match these days.The song and dance routines they perform together is pure magic. The film follows the trials and tribulations of a stage director (Julian Marsh)to put on the best musical of his long career but has to keep facing problem after problem,which comes to a happy (as always) ending.The rest of the cast also give excellent serious and comedic performances to make this film unmissable if you like the musical/comedy genre.


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