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Lulu to join the cast of 42nd Street in the West End
New casting has been announced for the West End production of 42nd Street, and it includes Lulu taking over from Sheena Easton in the role of Dorothy Brock.
Easton made her West End debut in 42nd Street when it opened in April last year. Scottish pop singer Lulu will now take over the role of Brock, a Broadway actress who is injured in the build-up of a major new musical.
Lulu is best-known for the chart-topping hits “Shout”, “To Sir With Love” and “Boom Bang-a-Bang” (which was also a Eurovision Song Contest entry), but she has previously appeared on stage in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance, and a National Theatre production of Guys and Dolls. 42nd Street will be the singer's first West End production in over 30 years.
She will take over the role at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 19th March for 16 weeks.
Ashley Day, who was last seen in the West End in An American in Paris, will take over the role of Billy Lawlor in the musical. Speaking to LondonTheatre.co.uk last year, Day said: “I’ve always loved 42nd Street. What’s so thrilling is seeing a stage full of people giving their all.”
Tom Lister and Clare Halse, who play Julian Marsh and Peggy Sawyer respectively, will remain in the production.
The cast also includes Jasna Ivir, Graeme Henderson, Christopher Howell, Bruce Montague, Mark McKerracher and Emma Caffrey. Matthew Goodgame will join the cast as ‘Pat Denning’.
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