BroadwayHD, which has proven to be the premier streaming platform for live theatre, continues to add to the list of its exciting offerings with the acclaimed production of 42nd Street. Known as a song and dance extravaganza, 42nd Street is the Broadway musical about making a Broadway musical, complete with a score Harry Warren and Al Dubin hits such as “Lullaby of Broadway”, “We’re in the Money” “Dames”, “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and, of course, the title song. This production of 42nd Street, which was directed by the late Mark Bramble, will debut on BroadwayHD on May 15, 2019.
BroadwayHD founders Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley said, “42nd Street was a groundbreaking production that made Broadway accessible and appealing to the masses. It was especially fitting that we had the opportunity to tap into Mark Bramble to bring it now to BroadwayHD, where our mission is to make live theater accessible and affordable to fans across the globe. With close detail paid to every element of this iconic show in filming and editing, viewers will feel that they are sitting in the hottest seat in the house, even if it’s their living room couch!”
The BroadwayHD team filmed 42nd Street in 4K, utilizing 8 cameras at three performances to capture the magic of the production at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London’s West End. Director Mark Bramble, who wrote the book for 42nd Street, is joined here by choreographer Randy Skinner, who worked on the original Broadway production. 42nd Street first opened on Broadway in 1981, a production financed by the late, great David Merrick and directed and choreographed by Gower Champion (who died the day the show opened). The show won the Best Musical Tony Award that year and went on to run 3,486 performances. “The show tells the story of famed theater director Julian Marsh as he tries to mount “Pretty Lady,” a musical extravaganza at the height of the Great Depression,” and of an up-and-coming dancer who escalates to stardom when the leading lady is injured.
“BroadwayHD introduces award-winning theater from all across the globe with both classic and modern productions. Fans can expect to see the full works of Shakespeare, awe-inspiring performances from Cirque du Soleil and a selection of the world’s greatest musicals including The King and I, An American in Paris, Peter Pan, Falsettos, and The Sound of Music. All performances are adapted specifically for streaming audiences to maximize the entertainment experience.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.