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.