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
The original Broadway production based on this film 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 »
During an overhead shot, the girls are dancing on a raised circular platform and the male dancers are lying face down in a radial pattern around the platform. In the next shot the men are on their feet approaching the girls on the platform. See more »
[to Peggy Sawyer]
Hey, I've been for you ever since you walked in on me in my BVD's.
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A digitally restored and colorized version was recently released. See more »
Male Dancer, holding Una Merkel on his knee: "Hey, what are you sitting on?"
Una: "A flagpole."
The DVD is fabulous. It's so clear you can notice that, while the contract for the show lists an August date, the New Yorker magazine Bebe Daniels is reading in one of the first scenes is the premiere issue, dated February 1932.
I don't understand why they'd give Keeler, who displayed a perfectly good set of feet throughout practice and in "Shuffle Off," such a clunky number to perform (at half tempo) in "42nd Street." She looks like lead weights are attached to her feet.
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