For a touring show that has been on the road for many months it still maintains its energy, led by an array of stars giving of their best. Headed up by Samantha Womack (Dorothy Brock) and Nicole-Lily Baisden (Peggy Sawyer) the singing and dancing is of a high standard from the leading principals to the back line of the chorus. Just as well, because under the direction of Jonathan Church there is nowhere for anyone to hide. For me, the star of the show was Faye Tozer of Steps and Strictly Come Dancing fame. She took on the comic role of Maggie Jones with wit and flare. Not that Tozer out-shone anyone – the stage was filled with stars. Sam Lips playing Billy Lawlor heads up the male ensemble, with Les Dennis definitely bringing up the rear. This said, the director of 42nd Street Jonathan Church uses Dennis well and carefully keeps him out of the dance numbers! To be picky, if Julian Marsh (played by Michael Praed) was really the hard taskmaster he is portraying, some of the company hand placements would be a little neater – but I guess that’s what you get from touring a show all over the nations for a long period of time.
On the first night in a new venue you might expect some glitches with the set but not in this production. The set is slick as are the changes. Occasionally the lighting didn’t always hit the tight staging, but this can be excused because the sound quality was so good, with not a single cue entry missed.