CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO, March 14, 2007–The famous Broadway song and dance extravaganza, “42nd Street,” will be presented at the Forrest H. Rose Theatre April 20-29th.
“42nd Street” will be produced with the generous support of the Southeast Missourian and will be a collaboration of the Departments of Theatre and Dance and Music. Possibly the largest production ever seen at Southeast Missouri State University, “42nd Street” tells the story of the production of a big Broadway show (“Pretty Lady”), and shows how a twist of fate can catapult an understudy to stardom.
With a high-energy cast and fast-paced story, audiences will be thrilled by a stage filled with high-kicking chorus girls, immaculate tapping, and some of the most memorable show tunes in Broadway history, such as “The Lullaby of Broadway,” “You’re Getting to be a Habit With Me,” and “We’re in the Money.” There will be a full pit orchestra, consisting of student musicians and members of the Department of Music faculty, conducted by Christopher Goeke. Judith Farris, who contributed her famous vocal coaching on 2005’s production of “Guys and Dolls,” is thrilled to be contributing to her first musical as a full-time faculty at Southeast. Kenneth L. Stilson, Theatre and Dance Department Chair, is directing the show. Chris Goeke, Chair of the Department of Music, is the Music Director, Lees Hummel, Dance professor, is Choreographer, and costumes are designed by Theatre and Dance faculty Rhonda Weller-Stilson.
“42nd Street” will be the final performance for many of Southeast’s finest and most popular performers, graduating seniors and breakout freshman. Alex Miller and Erin Island, both graduating this spring, will play Maggie Jones and the prima-donna Dorothy Bock, respectively. Outstanding singer, dancer and actress, freshman Chelsea Serocke will play Peggy Sawyer, the understudy who breaks through to the star of “Pretty Lady.” Andrew Tebo, an audience favorite as Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls,” will play director Julian Marsh. The male and female choruses will also impress audiences and showcase the growing talent in the Department of Theatre and Dance.
“42nd Street” will be the final production to be held in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre, before the School of Visual and Performing Arts moves to the River Campus this summer. “42nd Street” will run April 20-21 and 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22nd and 29th at 2:00 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to order their tickets early for the best possible seat reservations. Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of the Rose Theatre, or by calling 573-651-2265.