Dancing Toward Your Dreams
Director's notes by Gary Griffin

 

42nd Street, the quintessential backstage musical, is a surprisingly accurate depiction of what people go through to get a new show onto Broadway. The characters' struggles are very similar to ones I've experienced or observed. There's so much that conspires against a new musical ever getting to the finish line, yet you see the incredible collective will of all these people working together to get it there. That's one of the things I find inspiring about this show.

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Leaving the Line

Program notes by James Magruder

 

In the annals of the Broadway musical, there are the hits thatwin awards and turn a profit. There are the monster hits that runand tour internationally for years. And then there are themega-hits: the must-see, standing-room-only, impossible-ticketphenomena that do all of the above and provide a seismic jolt tothe self-esteem of the industry and its practitioners, as if tosay, "See, even one hundred years after Kern and Wodehouse andBolton revolutionized the form, Broadway can still steal thespotlight away from television and YouTube memes and Twitter andwhatever else is waiting for us on our iPhones." These events -which, according to my timetable, come along about three times adecade - prove that there's a dance in the old dame yet.

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