42nd Street


The ultimate show-biz musical, 42ND STREET celebrates Broadway, Times Square, and the people who make the magic of musical theatre. Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Allentown PA, and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star? The score is chock-full of Broadway standards, including "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me," "Dames," "We're In the Money," "Lullaby of Broadway," "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" and "Forty-Second Street."

Music samples provided courtesy of Hallmark Records and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Authorized performance and rehearsal tracks for 42ND STREET are available from The MT Pit. For more information, visit themtpit.com.


In New York City in 1933, dance director Andy Lee auditions kids for the chorus of a new show called Pretty Lady (“Audition”). The show’s writers, Bert and Maggie, like what they see on stage, but they warn the dancers that at $4.40 per seat, the audience will demand some spectacular dancing. Young hopeful Peggy Sawyer arrives late, just missing the audition. Billy, the show’s romantic lead, helps her see the producer, Julian Marsh (“Young and Healthy”). Julian has no patience for latecomers, and Peggy rushes off the stage. Julian tells Bert and Maggie he’s worried about some of the cast, especially Dorothy Brock, the leading lady. Her last hit was ten years earlier, but her sugar daddy, Abner Dillon, is backing the show. When Dorothy and Abner arrive, Julian suggests that Dorothy audition. Abner reminds Julian that Dorothy does not have to try out for anyone, but Dorothy sings anyway (“Shadow Waltz”).

Realizing she has forgotten her purse, Peggy returns to the stage. Maggie invites her to lunch with three of the girls, and the five women dance off stage. As they settle in at the Gypsy Tea Kettle, the girls are astonished by Peggy’s naïveté. They amusingly explain the Broadway facts of life, and dance back to the theater (“Go into Your Dance”). The number evolves into an audition for Peggy, who impresses Julian and lands a job in the chorus.

Dorothy and Billy begin rehearsing their big love scene. Abner objects to their kissing and insists they shake hands instead (“You’re Getting to be a Habit With Me”). Peggy, weak and overcome by an exciting day, faints on stage. She is carried to Dorothy’s dressing room, where Pat Denning, Dorothy’s real boyfriend, is waiting. Dorothy walks in, and misreading what she sees, thinks that Pat is two-timing her. Julian suggests that Pat leave town.

The company packs up for previews in Philadelphia (“Getting Out of Town”), and dress rehearsals begin (“Dames”). After rehearsal, Peggy invites Julian to join her at an impromptu cast party. Captivated by her charm, Julian decides to go. Dorothy, who misses Pat, drinks a bit too much, and tells Abner to take his money and leave. Abner is ready to close the show, but the kids talk him out of it. Pretty Lady opens spectacularly with “We’re In the Money.” But when Dorothy rushes onstage for the Act I finale, Peggy accidentally knocks her down, injuring her leg. Julian, furious, fires Peggy and cancels the rest of the performance.

Act II opens with a doctor telling Julian that Dorothy’s ankle is broken. Julian says he will close Pretty Lady for good, but the cast won’t give up (“Sunny Side to Every Situation”). The cast thinks that Peggy can save the day, and Julian finally agrees. Peggy has already left for the train station, so Julian rushes after her. Telling her to “think of musical comedy, the most glorious words in the English language,” Julian convinces Peggy to return (“Lullaby of Broadway”).

Peggy has exactly 36 hours to learn 25 pages, 6 songs, and 10 dance numbers. As Julian says, by the next evening, he’ll have “either a live leading lady or a dead chorus girl!” At long last, the Broadway curtain opens on Pretty Lady (“Shuffle Off to Buffalo”). The show is a spectacular hit, and Peggy Sawyer is a sudden sensation. Julian leads the entire company in celebrating the glory of “42ND STREET.”


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Original Direction and Dances by
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NOTE: Authorized performance and rehearsal tracks for 42ND STREET are available from The MT Pit. For more information, visit themtpit.com.


1 Reed I: Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed II: Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
1 Reed III: Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed IV: Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
1 Reed V: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone

1 Horn
2 Trumpet I & II (1st Trumpet optional double on Flugelhorn)
1 Trumpet III
1 Trombone I
1 Trombone II (with Bass attachment)

1 Bass
1 Percussion:

Timpani (2 Drums)
Wood Block
Bass Drum
Snare Drum (Brushes & Sticks)
Tom Toms (Several Sizes)

1 Piano (pit orchestra Piano, Celeste & Stage Piano)

Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material.

Optional Parts:

1 Guitar / Banjo
1 Harp

A special Reed Substitute Keyboard Synthesizer part covering the music for the five Reeds is available, at an additional charge, with the rental of the full orchestration.

Rehearsal Materials

1       Piano Conductor’s Score
1       Prompt Book for Director
17     Prompt Books for Cast
30     Chorus-Vocal Parts

NOTE: Authorized performance and rehearsal tracks for 42ND STREET are available from The MT Pit. For more information, visit themtpit.com.

Cast List


(4 female; 3 male)

Dorothy Brock — an established Broadway star
Peggy Sawyer — young, talented and hopeful
Maggie Jones — co-author of Pretty Lady
Ann Reilly (Anytime Annie) — chorus girl, sub-principal of Pretty Lady
Julian Marsh — Broadway director/producer
Billy Lawlor — juvenile lead of Pretty Lady
Bert Barry — co-author of Pretty Lady

Sub-Principals (from Chorus)

(3 female; 3 male)

Phyllis Dale — chorus girl
Lorraine Flemming — chorus girl
Gladys — chorus girl; singer, non-speaking
Andy Lee — dance director
Pat Denning — former vaudeville partner of Dorothy’s
Abner Dillon — “angel” for Pretty Lady


Diane Lorimer — chorus girl
Ethel — chorus girl
Oscar — rehearsal pianist
Mac — stage manager
Frankie — stagehand
Young Man with Clipboard — stagehand
2 Thugs — employees of gangster Nick Murphy; one of them non-speaking
Doctor — Philadelphia theatre physician
Waiter — Gypsy Tea Kettle employee
Millie — dancer; non-speaking
Willard — theatre electrician; non-speaking
Robin — dancer; non-speaking
2 Policemen — dancers; non-speaking
Pickpocket/Thief — dancer; non-speaking
Young Soldier — dancer; non-speaking
Gangster — dancer; non-speaking
Conductor — the music director of the theatre pit orchestra; non-speaking


Various Kids’ Voices
Theatre Personnel
Singers and Dancers of the Chorus

The original Broadway production had a cast of 48 performers, including chorus. Some doubling was employed in the minor parts.


Brief History

42ND STREET opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on August 25, 1980, starring Wanda Richert, Jerry Orbach, and Tammy Grimes. The production eventually moved to the Majestic and St. James Theatres, ultimately running for 3,486 performances.

In 2001, the first Broadway revival of 42ND STREET ran for 1,524 performances at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, starring Kate Levering, Michael Cumpsty, and Christine Ebersole.

Awards (1981)

2 Tony Awards: Best Musical and Best Choreography
2 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Choreography and Costume Design
The Theatre World Award (Wanda Richert)

Awards (2001)

2 Tony Awards: Best Revival and Best Actress (Christine Ebersole)
The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical