//42nd Street Venice Theatre

42nd Street Venice Theatre

Review by Dave O’Sullivan

Last night on 42nd street in New York city it was a chilly 39 degrees, but on stage at the Venice Theater’s opening weekend for the stage production of the classic romantic musical, it was hot! (Figuratively, it was quite comfortable in the theatre.)
From the moment the curtain lifted you could see and feel depression era Broadway thanks to the talent of scenic designer Tim Wisgerhof (who also plays Julian Marsh) and the amazing production team at VT.
This classic tale of a young dancer, an ailing producer, an aging star and a hungry dance troupe eager for steady work brings us a much-needed sense of joy and inspiration as they find love and success along the great white way.
The timeless toe tapping tunes like “We’re in the Money” and “Shuffle off to Buffalo” are fantastic to hear and watch, but the true star is the dancing as the theatre is filled with the thunderous roar of tapping feet thanks to choreographer Geena Ravella.
The beautiful and talented Ashley Figlow stands out as the starry-eyed Peggy Sawyer and Dawn Carpenter as Dorothy Brock is like watching Tammy Grimes reprise her original role.
Everything about this show is Broadway at its finest from the energized dancing to the costumes, lighting, musicians, the entire cast is on fire under the direction of Steven Flaa proving show after show what a wealth of talent Venice, Florida has to offer.
42nd Street is energetic, refreshing and will have you humming those classics for days to come!
The production is running from February 22nd to March 24th call tel:(1)941-488-1115 for tickets. Or go to https://venicestage.com/ for more info. Venice Theater 140 W Tampa Ave. Venice FL, 34285.