It’s time for 3-D Theatricals to kick off their 10th Anniversary season with a slew of exciting productions across Southern California. The star-studded celebration includes musical hits such as “The Secret Garden” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” Shrek the Musical,” and “42nd Street.”
This season will be performed exclusively at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. The new home for 3-D Theatricals will continue in the tradition of bringing blockbuster and family friendly entertainment to audiences beginning with 42nd Street starring Broadway legend Davis Gaines.
42nd Street is a musical within a musical, a tapping production of perseverance that leads chorus girl Peggy Sawyer (Gillian Bozajian) into the rehearsal of a lifetime as she, literally, taps her way into an audition as a chorus girl in “Pretty Lady,” a production that Julian Marsh (Davis Gaines) is helping to create. It a huge opportunity for the entire cast of characters and they all have a lot riding on this success.
The chorus girls and boys kick it into high gear for Marsh from the top of the show in “Audition” all the way to that final number “42nd Street.” Each brings an excitement of delight and pizazz as the dancers expertly deliver each performance. Choreographer Kami Seymour and Donald Johnston’s dance arrangements bring life to the original dances by Gower Champion.
Marsh’s musical, “Pretty Lady,” has been written for Dorthy Brock (Sandy Bainum) a seasoned actress of the stage who, despite her lack of any semblance of dancing skills, is set to lead the show. Bainum plays up this role especially well. One of Bainum’s humorous scenes, “Shadow Waltz,” showcases Brock in a role similar to that of Taylor Swift. That is to say, a performer with immense vocal talent but no ability to dance with the unfortunate circumstance of being surrounded by extremely talented dancers. The juxtaposition of the two is quite hilarious.
Jean-Yves Tessier’s lighting design shines in that number, using backlighting on a scrim to simulate the chaotic nature of Brock’s dance and the precise nature of the chorus. It’s a performance that epitomizes the value of creative lighting to insert drama and humor into a scene. Across the show you see just how Tessier’s lighting can develop the story and make you feel as though you are actually with the performers.
Co-writers of “Pretty Lady,” Maggie Jones (Tamara Zook) and Bert Barry (Corky Loupe) deliver most the humorous takes throughout the show as they must now rework to develop the storyline for the lead after she is unable to live up to the dancing of their original idea. I loved the quirky character skills of Zook and the expert comedic timing of Loupe. They each had roles that livened up segments of the production.
Despite many road bumps on the way to that final performance the chorus and leads come together and bring the audience to them thanks to the work of “Pretty Lady” director, Julian Marsh (Davis Gaines).
One of the things that Marsh points out in the end is that each performance is about bringing the audience to you as a performer. And that’s exactly what Gaines does throughout this production. Previously seen in 3-D Theatricals’ “Parade,” this is an amazing opportunity to see Gaines once again a Broadway legend delivering a rip-roaring performance.
3-D Theatricals takes the musical about the 1930s to a whole new level with their version of this production. With the 40 plus member cast, orchestra including a harp, and more costumes, wigs, and tap shoes than you ever have seen, “42 Street” is one of those larger than life shows that audiences may rarely get see. So when you get the chance to see one, do it!
42nd Street Cast
Davis Gaines (Julian Marsh), Sandy Bainum (Dorthy Brock), Gillian Bozajian (Peggy Sawyer), Corky Loupe (Bert Barry), Tamara Zook (Maggie Jones)
Quintan Craig (Billy Lawlor), Michael Starr (Andy Lee), Adrianna Rose Lyons (Annie), Jonathan D. Mesisca (Pat Denning), Herschel Sparber (Abner Dillon), Brad Fitzgerald (Mac/Doctor/Thug), Isabella Olivas (Phyllis), Jeanna Lea Rosen (Lorraine)
ENSEMBLE: Lucas Blankenhorn, Allison Boettcher, Calvin Brady, Michael Brian, Ryan Chlanda, Maggie Darago, Mia Davidson, Erin Dubreuil, Courtni Gidish, Colby Hamann, Annie Hinkston, Katie Jurich, Danielle Kay, Janelle Lillian, Kevin Matsumoto, Tommy Mosqueira, Micah Nameroff, Hannah Nelson, Joy Newbegin, Robert Ramirez, Rile Reavis, Erica Schaeffer, Samuel Shea, Tara Shoemaker, Adam Stern-Rand, Stephanie Urko, Rodrigo Varandas
Production Team: T.J. Dawson (Executive Producer/Artistic Director), David F.M. Vaughn (Director), Corey Hirsch (Music Director/conductor), Kami Seymour (Choreographer), Daniel Dawson (Co-founder), Gretchen Dawson (Co – Founder), Jeanette Dawson (Co-founder), Donna R. Parsons (Production Stage Manager), Stephen Gifford (Scenic Design), Jean-yves Tessier (Lighting Design), Julie Ferrin (Sound Design), Melanie Cavaness (Prop Coordinator), Gretchen Morales (Prop Coordinator), Los Angeles Musicians Collective (Musical Contractor)
42nd Street: Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, Lyrics by Al Dublin, and Music by Harry Warren
3-D Theatricals 42nd Street Ticket Information
Tickets vary in price depending on the venue. Online Ticketing: www.3dtheatricals.org
- SCHEDULE: 42nd Street show times at Cerritos Performing Arts Center
- Friday October 19 at 8:00pm
- Saturday October 20 at 2:00pm
- Saturday October 20 at 8:00pm
- Sunday October 21 at 2:00pm
- Thursday October 25 at 7:30pm
- Friday October 26 at 8:00pm
- Saturday October 27 at 2:00pm
- Saturday October 28 at 8:00pm
- Sunday October 29 at 2:00pm
- LOCATION: 18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos, CA 90703
- PARKING: Complimentary parking located directly in front of the theatre
3-D Theatricals Remote Box Office: 714-589-2770, Ext. 1.
Hours: Monday – Friday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. 12:00 – 4:00 pm Saturday.
The 3-DT Box Office at the theatre opens two hours prior to performances.