Review of Manatee Performing Arts Center’s Season Opening Production of 42nd Street: “Great, Great and Great”

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42nd Street – Great, Great and Great

New York’s Broadway is 400 miles long, running from upstate New York all the way down to lower Manhattan. But last night, when the show “42nd Street” opened at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, you knew that that famous home of All-Star musicals came all the way down to Bradenton. The show is the old classic – girl tries out for show; girl gets part; star breaks leg, breaks ankle, gets laryngitis, or what ever; girl becomes new star. BUT, it is done so well, and on such a professional level, that you KNOW you are in a Broadway theater. And not the Broadway theater of today which seats 2,000 people at $120 per seat but a 1940s size Broadway theater that seats a few hundred. And the ticket prices date back to those earlier days as well.

While this is community theater you could not tell that by the level of acting, choreography, dancing, singing, lighting or costumes. A wonderful, comfortable theater, a fun, enjoyable show, in a great setting along the edge of the Manatee River. Go for a walk along the river, have lunch or dinner and than take in a manatee or evening performance. This show runs through August 28th so buy a couple of tickets and then find somebody to go with you. Tickets are available at (941) 748-5875 or online at




502 Third Avenue West

Bradenton, FL 34205

Come and meet those dancin’ feet at Manatee Performing Arts Center’s Season Opening Production of 42nd Street!

(AUGUST 11th – 28th)

The Manatee Performing Arts Center launches the Manatee Players’ 2016-17 Season with 42nd Street in Stone Hall Theater August 11th – 28th. The production is directed by Producing Artistic Director Rick Kerby and Music Directed by Rick Bogner. Featuring set design by Michael Newton-Brown, lighting design by Joseph Oshry, and costume design by Becky Evans. The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”

Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd Street tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star. Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, Music by Harry Warren and Lyrics by Al Dubin. Watch as the popular music you know and love comes to life alongside thrilling choreography in this Tony Award-Winning Best Musical.

Cast features:

Michelle Anaya, Sarah Cassidy, Alan Tulin, Brian Chunn, Mike Nolan, Kyle Ann Lacertosa, John Andruzzi, Phil Croome, Alex Topp, Christina Capehart, Eliza Lipton, Audrey Lipton, Skylar Homan, Ashley Cronkhite, Diana Dizon, Emily Branton, Zoe Zimmermann, Amanda Lade, Nicole Cunningham, Angelo Jasa, Joseph Rebella, Joshua Roberson, Bryan Stark, James Sheppard, Jack Kaiser, Dylan Glover, and AJ Cali

Tickets on sale now at or by calling the Box Office at (941) 748-5875. Student and teacher discounts are available. All performances will be held at Manatee Performing Arts Center in Stone Hall Theater. Tickets range from $27 – $37 and are subject to change according to availability.

42nd Street running August 11th – 28th, 2016

Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30PM, Friday & Saturday: 8:00PM, Sunday: 2:00PM

Manatee Performing Arts Center: 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205


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