42nd Street

Date 6th February 2016
Society Ayr Amateur Opera Company
Venue Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Type of Production Musical
Director Martin Christie
Musical Director Stephen Bradley
Choreographer Jo-Ann Robinson

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Author: T Davies Brock

Last appearing in the Company’s repertoire fifteen years ago, it was timely for this show to be chosen at this time when the Company can field a young cast for what is primarily a dancing show. Joan and I were delighted to “come and meet those dancing feet” at the Gaiety Theatre, Ayr to enjoy the music and the dancing and also some fine acting and singing by the principals. Wendy Cannell gave an outstanding performance as the lead Peggy Sawyer with excellent dancing and singing throughout with David Cannell cast as her mentor Billy Lawlor. Beth McIntyre playing in one of her more mature roles gave a fine study of the fading prima donna Dorothy Brock, Andrew Robinson storming through the scenes as the brash impresario Julian Marsh with Andy Lee as his harassed choreographer. Gordon McKinlay gave a tidy performance as Abner Dillon, Dorothy’s wealthy admirer as did the shows song-writers Maggie Jones (Helen Petrie) and Bert Barrie (Andrew Martin). The dancers who befriended Peggy were well chosen in the forms of Anytime Annie played by Ciara Brady, Phyllis (Diane Woodburn) and Lorraine (Sarah Keary).
Martin Christie was making his first appearance as the Company’s Producer/Director and he and the Company have every right to feel pleased with the very high standard achieved in this production.