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Quintessential Backstage Musical ‘42nd Street’ Comes to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre July 14 to 23


Haley Schmalbach as newcomer Peggy Sawyer and Elio Lleo as director Julian Marsh.
Photo by John Maurer.
Wow...a dime! From left, Sarah Webster as Phyllis, Erin Wurtz as Lorraine, Tara Wagner as Ann, and Haley Schmalbach as Peggy. Photo by John Maurer.

Last minute rewrites! From left, Carolyn Anzuini as Maggie Smith, Shan Williams as Andy Lee, Elio Lleo as director Julian Marsh, Christopher Schmalbach as Mac, Matthew Cassidy as Bert, and Joe Stockette as Oscar. Photo by John Maurer.
Front row, from left: Matt Krauss, Haley Schmalbach (Peggy Sawyer), Nicholas Kianka; back row: Reise Bridgers, Harrison Smith, and Sam Zdanowicz. Photo by John Maurer.From left, Maddie Keelan, Isabella Papaccio, Danielle Standifer, Michael Marrero (Billy Lawlor), MaryRose Brendel, Marina McLaughlin, and Christina Pullen. Photo by John Maurer.

West Windsor, N.J. – Prepare to tap your feet along with M & M Stage Productions as they present the enduring and endearing classic “42nd Street” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times are Fridays, July 14 and 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, July 15 and 22 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, July 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on July 14.

The entertainment quotient doesn’t get higher than in this show that combines crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theater songs, and show-stopping ensemble production numbers. Peggy Sawyer, a small town girl with big time talent, arrives in New York with hopes to be on Broadway and lands a spot in the chorus line of a new musical, “Pretty Lady.” When lead actress Dorothy Brock twists her ankle right before opening night, Peggy is picked to take her place. Says "Pretty Lady" director Julian Marsh, “You're going out there a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!" Delightfully corny, with romance and hilarious wisecracks throughout, “42nd Street” is a part of musical theater history that never gets old.

The musical score includes some of the greats, including “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and, of course, “42nd Street.”

The cast stars Michael Marrero of Hamilton as Billy Lawlor; Haley Schmalbach of Palmyra as Peggy Sawyer; Elio Lleo of Ewing as Julian Marsh; Jen Gursky of Lebanon as Dorothy Brock; Carolyn Anzuini of Bordentown as Maggie Jones; Matthew Cassidy Morrisville, Pa., as Bert Barry; Tara Wagner of Hamilton as Ann Reilly; Fred Gropper of Yardley, Pa., as Pat Denning; Ron SanGiovanni of Burlington as Abner Dillon; Shan Williams II of Trenton as Andy Lee; Sarah Webster of Morrisville, Pa., as Phyllis Dale; Erin Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., as Lorraine Flemming; Chris Schmalbach of Palmyra as Mac; and Joe Stockette of Langhorne, Pa., as Oscar.
The ensemble features Kathryn Aylesworth of Cherry Hill, Robbie Angarone of Hamilton Square, Lexi Baldachino of Millstone Township, Zachary Benedetti of Ewing, MaryRose Brendel of Cranbury, Reise Bridgers of Hamilton, Sean Conway of Hamilton, Nicholas Eldridge of Hamilton, Maddie Keelan of Hamilton, Nick Kianka of Hamilton, Matt Krauss of Yardley, Pa., Marley Madding of New Hope, Pa., Marina McLaughlin of Columbus, Elizabeth Miller of Yardley, Pa., Isabella Papaccio of Hamilton, Christina Pullen of New Egypt, Allison Reed of Yardville, Harrison Smith of Cherry Hill, Danielle Standifer of Hamilton, Joseph Wojtkowski of Manalapan, Julianna Zannikos of Doylestown, Pa., and  Sam Zdanowicz of Hamilton.

The production team includes Producers Mike Almstedt and Mike DiIorio; Director Mike DiIorio; Musical Director Pam Sharples; Choreographer Laura Ghaffor, Lighting Director Chris Ghaffor, Sound Design Eric Collins, and Costumer Louisa Murey.

Tickets for “42nd Street” are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for children/students. Tickets are available online or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

Next up this summer is Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun," presented by The Yardley Players Fridays, July 28 and Aug. 4, 2017 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, July 29 and Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, July 30 and Aug. 6 at 2 p.m.

The 2017-18 Kelsey Theatre season will be unveiled soon! Check the website or call the box office to learn more.

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