Come and Meet Those Dancing Feet On 42nd Street


One of the most exciting sounds for lovers of musicals is when a whole stage of dancers starts to tap. The synchronicity of all those feet in rhythm with each other is exhilarating to hear and to watch. And while good tap dancers make it look easy, anyone who has ever tried it knows how difficult, exacting, and challenging it is, even for those who excel at other forms of dance.

42nd Street, the musical, is a love letter both to the Golden Age of Broadway musicals and to the art of tap dancing. Based on a 1933 Academy Award-winning musical film, 42nd Street made its Broadway debut in 1981.

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REVIEW: “Broadway Bound” boy dances with his mother

iT does not take long to start smiling while watching Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical Broadway Bound. There are plenty of reminders Simon is a master of milking an idea for a string of laughs. Plus the cast’s Brooklyn accents make even ordinary lines funny.

Photo by Todd Higgins (

Photo by Todd Higgins (

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So You’ve Never Heard of ‘Annapurna’

Next weekend (January 23rd to be exact), we’re holding auditions for the fifth show in out 2015-16 season, and this show is called Annapurna. Find yourself asking, “What is this show?” or saying, “I’ve never heard of it!”? You’re not alone.


Annapurna is a touching 2-person story about the love that breaks us, but also ultimately heals us. Before you audition, learn a little bit more about this new play by Sharr White.

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REVIEW: ‘The Foreigner’ – a hysterical but well-tempered farce

It takes a while for the title character to buy into the premise, but The Foreigner certainly pays off big time in the end. A hysterical but well-tempered version of Larry Shue’s 1983 farce opened at the Duluth Playhouse on Thursday, September 27.

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BEST BETS: ‘The Foreigner’ opens at the Duluth Playhouse

A distressed guest at a Georgia lodge pretends to not know a lick of English in a farce by Larry Shue that premiered Off Broadway in the mid-1980s. Charlie becomes “The Foreigner,” the titular character of a play about what people will say when they don’t think anyone is listening — or can, at least, understand them.

Michael Pederson as Froggy LeSueur and Cory Anderson as Charlie Baker in the Duluth Playhouse production of 'The Foreigner,' a comedic farce by Larry Shue.

Michael Pederson as Froggy LeSueur and Cory Anderson as Charlie Baker in the Duluth Playhouse production of ‘The Foreigner,’ a comedic farce by Larry Shue.

Like, for instance: an heiress in turmoil, a dark preacher, a maternal lodge-keeper, a would-be heir and a cruel property inspector with an eye on the property.

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