The City College production of the Broadway musical “42nd Street” will have their opening night April 11 at 8 p.m., and features an ensemble cast aged 18 to 79.
Swept along by catchy musical numbers and the tip-tap of dancer’s feet, “42nd Street” is a light-hearted look at the psychology of people in the theatre business, particularly the rise and fall of those who chase fame. The play follows a group of actors as they struggle to rise from anonymity in small cities to stardom on New York’s 42nd St, the epicenter of Broadway, where one of the chorus girls gets her big break by becoming the lead in the show.
“It has its own charm,” said June Richards, artistic director for City College, who is directing the show with Alicia Rincon, the department chair for visual and performing arts. “Everyday we are bombarded with violence . this show is an antidote to that.”
City College puts on two shows a year, auditions being held early in each semester. “It’s the cheapest ticket in town. You get an orchestra, a full production . for the price of a movie ticket,” said Richards.
“42nd Street” will run every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., April 11-27 at the Saville Theatre, 1313 Park Blvd. For tickets call (619) 388-3676.