Growing up in a family that goes crazy for musicals, it may come as a surprise that I had never seen what seems to be one of the classic American musicals.

In fact, I had no idea what 42nd Street was about when I arrived at the Ogunquit Playhouse last Friday evening. The Ogunquit Playhouse can do no wrong in my mind, and I knew, whatever the plot, I would enjoy the magic that is always created on that historic stage.

As soon as the curtains pulled away to reveal a full cast of tap dancers, I knew immediately I would enjoy this performance. A full chorus line in colorful, sparkling outfits, and a quick beat made for toe-tapping, gets me every time. And lucky for us, there were plenty of dance breaks that kept my spirits high throughout the performance.

The story line of 42nd Street walks us through the life and times of Broadway performers in the 1930’s. The main character, Peggy Sawyer, is an aspiring chorus girl, and a newcomer to the New York City stage scene. From the beginning, we watch Peggy audition for and land her first role in a glitzy Broadway musical and finally, this small-town star makes her big break as a lead performer!

Essentially, 42nd Street is a musical about a musical—a happy, inspiring story about following your passions, and working together to create something beautiful!

If you’re looking to listen to the “Lullaby of Broadway” (one of my favorite tunes from the musical!) in our own backyard, be sure to reserve your ticket soon—there are only a handful of shows left!

View the Ogunquit Playhouse’s complete list of upcoming performances for the 2019 season here!