For many years, the most famous address on Broadway in New York City has been 42nd Street — a place where dreams of stardom can come true. The hit 1980 musical that borrows its title from the street calls it “Naughty, bawdy, gaudy, sporty,” and invites you to “hear the beat of dancing feet.” The sound of tap dancers will be resonating on the Showboat Majestic starting this week when it opens the Tony Award winning musical. 42nd Street feels like an older show, and that’s because it’s based on a 1933 movie musical about an aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer from Allentown, Penn., who ends up in the leading role through a string of unexpected events. The show has lots of classic tunes, including “The Melody of Broadway,” “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me” and “We’re in the Money.” Landmark productions faces an intriguing challenge staging this often large-cast show on the Showboat’s cramped stage, but I suspect it will play well with the audience that frequents the summertime venue at the Public Landing. It’s a tried and true story of hard work, being in the right place at the right time, talent and love. Through July 24.
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