ItemLive: ’42ND STREET’ A HAPPY FEAT AT MUSIC THEATRE

ItemLive: ’42ND STREET’ A HAPPY FEAT AT MUSIC THEATRE

BEVERLY — The production of “42nd Street” at North Shore Music Theatre through Sunday is one of the finest two hours of entertainment I’ve seen at the venerable Beverly venue in many a moon.

The dancing is spectacular, the costumes are breathtaking and the performances are first-rate. Often when dancers are required to sing and singers are required to dance, the results are less than ideal. No such problem here.

This presentation of the classic Broadway musical, which, like “A Chorus Line” before it, is partly a glorious love letter to the “kids” who pursue their dream of performing and becoming a star. Staging this on North Shore’s theater-in-the-round must’ve created some unique challenges for the director, choreographer and dance captain. It all comes off without a hitch, remarkable considering at times some two dozen cast members are tap-dancing their hearts out on stage.

It’s hard to fathom that the cast performs this demanding show twice some days.

’42ND STREET’ A HAPPY FEAT AT MUSIC THEATRE

On Boston Stages: FANCY FOOTWORK ABOUNDS IN NSMT’S ’42ND STREET’

On Boston Stages: FANCY FOOTWORK ABOUNDS IN NSMT’S ’42ND STREET’

BEVERLY – In the opening moments of the musical “42nd Steet” at the North Shore Music Theatre, a curtain is slowly raised just enough so we can see many pairs of dancing feet, the rat-a-tat-tat of tap shoes ringing in our ears.

We hone in on those dancing feet and are frozen in a kind of theatrical trance. For the next two and a half hours, the dazzling dancing and fancy footwork rarely ever stops.

FANCY FOOTWORK ABOUNDS IN NSMT’S ’42ND STREET’

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Highlights from 42ND STREET at North Shore Music Theatre

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Highlights from 42ND STREET at North Shore Music Theatre

The glamour, spectacle and fashion of 1930s Broadway comes to Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) as a chorus girl from a small town aspires to find love and success on the Great White Way in the Tony Award-winning 42ND STREET, tapping across the NSMT main stage now through November 12, 2017. BroadwayWorld is excited to share exclusive highlights from the show below!

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Highlights from 42ND STREET at North Shore Music Theatre

REVIEW: Stellar dancing marks joyous ’42nd Street’ at NSMT

REVIEW: Stellar dancing marks joyous ’42nd Street’ at NSMT

Be prepared to be swept off your feet.

North Shore Music Theatre’s joyous production of “42nd Street” follows its hit-filled overture with an explosive opening number set in a Broadway show audition in 1933. The star-is-born plot is optimistic and energetic, like the fabulous tap dancers that fill this exuberant cast. (Hey -- Bill Hanney did what? Look for this clever in-joke about the theater’s producer -- it’s projected as a newspaper headline on the opening curtain.)

REVIEW: Stellar dancing marks joyous ’42nd Street’ at NSMT

Broadway World: Burke Moses, Tari Kelly & More Will Star in North Shore Music Theatre's 42ND STREET

Broadway World: Burke Moses, Tari Kelly & More Will Star in North Shore Music Theatre's 42ND STREET

Melissa will be joining the cast of North Shore Music Theatre's production of 42nd Street.  The cast will be led by Jacob ben Widmar as Billy Lawlor, Tari Kelly as Dorothy Brock, Burke Moses as Julian Marsh, and Jessica Wockenfuss as Peggy Sawyer. The show also features David Coffee (Bert Barry), Erick Divine (Abner Dillon), Tina Johnson (Maggie Jones), Elise Kinnon (Annie), Dan Lusardi (Andy Lee), and Matthew Taylor (Pat Denning).

Burke Moses, Tari Kelly & More Will Star in North Shore Music Theatre's 42ND STREET

Broadway World: Melissa Schott Joins All-Star Lineup for Adrienne Arsht Center Gala

Broadway World: Melissa Schott Joins All-Star Lineup for Adrienne Arsht Center Gala

Triple threat Melissa Schott joins a star-studded group of presenters and performers including Gloria EstefanChita RiveraVanessa WilliamsDenyce GravesStorm LargeRita Moreno and more at the Adrienne Arsht Center this spring.

Presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center, the 11th Season Gala Concert celebrates and pays tribute to women in the arts will take place March 30th. The all-female lineup will be under the musical direction of Broadway's Madeline Smith (Waitress, Frozen).

A featured singer/dancer in Cirque du Soleil's Original Company of Banana Shpeel, choreographed by Jared Grimes and directed by David Shiner, Schott performed at New York City's Beacon Theatre, Chicago's own Chicago Theatre and Toronto's Canon Theatre. She was also with the National Company of Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Judy Understudy), choreographed by four-time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner and directed by Tony Award-winner Walter Bobbie.

Melissa most recently has traveled North America as a featured singer in Classic FM's Four Decades of Radio Hits show, performing with various symphonies, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Naples Philharmonic. She is a featured vocalist for MTI's Broadway Jr. recordings of Pirates of Penzance (Ruth), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Violet and Mrs. Gloop) and Into The Woods (Witch), and is the choreographer for Music K-8 Magazine tutorial videos.

Proceeds from the Gala will support the Arsht Center's Arts Education and Community Engagement programs, which enrich the lives of people of all ages in Miami-Dade County.

You can learn more about Melissa at www.melissaschott.com. For more information on the show, visit www.arshtcenter.org/Tickets/Calendar/2016-2017-Season/Gala/Gala.

Video: "Charlie Ain't Home" ZZ Ward

Video: "Charlie Ain't Home" ZZ Ward

Check out this tap duet to "Charlie Ain't Home" choreographed by Melissa Schott and performed with her student, Savannah Martin!

Video: "What Do I Know?" Ed Sheeran

Video: "What Do I Know?" Ed Sheeran

Check out this tap duet to "What Do I Know?" choreographed by Melissa Schott and performed with her student, Savannah Martin!

Muisc K-8's Choreography Video, "Smile, Smile, Smile", is Now Available

Muisc K-8's Choreography Video, "Smile, Smile, Smile", is Now Available

Join Melissa Schott and friends as they teach the latest choreography for "Smile, Smile, Smile" accompanying Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 4.  This musical arrangement by Paul Jennings, complete with a kazoo musical interlude, is a fun selection for music teachers and their students nationwide.

Be sure to check out all of Melissa's Music K-8 choreography videos here.

Music K-8's Choreography Video, "V For Valentine", is Now Available

Music K-8's Choreography Video, "V For Valentine", is Now Available

Join Melissa Schott and friends as they teach the latest choreography for "V For Valentine" accompanying Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 3.  Students will definitely want to share this original song by Teresa and Paul Jennings with their valentines.

Be sure to check out all of Melissa's Music K-8 choreography videos here.

Music K-8's Choreography videos for "Groovin' Elf" and "Better Bundle Up" are Now Available

Music K-8's Choreography videos for "Groovin' Elf" and "Better Bundle Up" are Now Available

Join Melissa Schott and friends as they teach the latest choreography for "Groovin' Elf", written by the writing team of David and Anne Ellsworth, and "Better Bundle Up", written by Teresa Jennings, both accompanying Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 2.  These original songs will get you grooving for the holidays.

Be sure to check out all of Melissa's Music K-8 choreography videos here.

Music K-8's Choreography Video for "Crunchy Leaves" is Now Available

Music K-8's Choreography Video for "Crunchy Leaves" is Now Available

Join Melissa Schott and friends as they teach the latest choreography for "Crunchy Leaves" accompanying Music K-8, Vol. 27, No. 1.  This Fall inspired song, written by Teresa Jennings, is sure to help get your students off on the right foot this school year.

Be sure to check out all of Melissa's Music K-8 choreography videos here.