“YOU’RE going out there a youngster but you’ve got to come back a star.”
This classic old-school 1930s musical is a piece of pure sequin-studded escapism and has been brilliantly revived with all the corny stuff in place about young aspiring hoofer from the sticks coming to the big city, looking for her big break in a Broadway show, against a background of the Depression.
There’s lot of fantastic tap routines to the great show tunes like the title song, Keep Young and Beautiful and We’re in the Money. The cast make maximum use of the stage with Busby Berkeley-type scenes and clever effects with shadows and moving lights.
Jessica Punch as the youngster Peggy Sawyer is excellent but she is given a run for her money by Rebecca Marks as Anytime Annie and her romantic interest James O’Connell as Billy Lawlor.
Also excellent are bill-toppers Marti Webb as the fading star and Dave Willetts as producer Julian Marsh.
That said, the chorus line, playing the Browadway chorus line, are all great, filling the stage with plenty of talent and personality. Costumes are glitzy and the scenery and scene changes are slickly handled.
Director Mark Bramble clearly runs a tight ship.
Well worth a visit before Saturday for pure fun, Broadway style.