’42nd STREET’ (Julian Marsh): “By tomorrow night I’ll either have a live leading lady or a dead chorus girl”

JULIAN: Sawyer, “Pretty Lady” opens on this stage in exactly thirty-six hours. You’ve got twenty-five pages, six songs, and ten dance routines to learn by eight-thirty tomorrow night. Do you think you can do it?

Then we begin. Oscar, Mac! Where the hell’s the piano? (Mac and Oscar roll piano into place as Andy and dancers enter) Andy, let’s go! Now I want to start with the opening number, then work through all the songs and dances, then go back and do the scenes. There’ll be a five minute break every hour for food or coffee and a full fifteen minutes every four hours for rest. And no one else on this stage until I call them!

By tomorrow night I’ll either have a live leading lady or a dead chorus girl. Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s go!

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