The ACU Homecoming Musical, 42nd Street, will be performed Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center. 42nd Street combines classic Broadway tunes and exciting dance numbers to create an incredible show.
The show tells the story of a chorus girl who becomes an overnight Broadway sensation, and the musical is a huge audience pleaser.
Adam Hester, chair of the Department of Theatre, directed the musical.
“This story is an age-old story and is one that people just love watching the down-and-out chorus girl make it big,” said Hester.
Minimal sets are used throughout the show since the majority of the story takes place as the cast rehearses, however the sets that are used are creative and add a lot to the show.
42nd Street is a tap show and has numerous group dance numbers with intricate choreography.
Jacob Alexander, sophomore musical theater major from Atlanta, Ga. plays the lead role of Julian Marsh, a sarcastic Broadway director determined to make the show a success.
“One of the things I really enjoyed when reading the script is that the actors are pretty much making fun of themselves,” said Alexander.
The storyline is intriguing and interesting as the plot is actually a show-within-a-show. This framing of the story allows the performers to explore the reality of the career they have chosen for themselves with a teasing tone.
“It has a lightheartedness that is so infectious that people can’t help but leave the theater humming tunes and just feeling happy, its such a positive upbeat show,” Hester said.
Tickets for the homecoming musical can be purchased online for prices ranging from $14-25.