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‘42nd Street’ a ticket to nostalgia

From left, Kaitlin Lawrence as Dorothy Brock and Blake Stadnik as Billy Lawlor in “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me” in “42nd Street” at DPAC.
From left, Kaitlin Lawrence as Dorothy Brock and Blake Stadnik as Billy Lawlor in “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me” in “42nd Street” at DPAC.

What’s on: “42nd Street”

The buzz: If you love Busby Berkeley movie musicals, then “42nd Street” is your ticket to nostalgia. The classic story of the understudy getting her big chance when the star breaks her ankle includes many 1930s familiar songs and good old-fashioned tap numbers. The original 1980 production and the 2001 revival each won Tony Awards for Best Musical.

Watch for: Energetic production numbers, including the opening tap rehearsal and the glittering “We’re in the Money” atop giant silver coins; catchy tunes, including “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” and, of course, “42nd Street.”

About the tour: Director Mark Bramble insures the authenticity of this tour because he’s the co-author of the script and was director for the 2001 Broadway revival.

Where to see it: Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 3-5; 8 p.m. May 6; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. May 7; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 8

Tickets: $30-$145

Info: 919-680-2787 or dpacnc.com

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