’42nd Street’ musical brings new star to Opera House

When auditions for Broadway musical “42nd Street” began four months ago, Director Bob Cooner was worried they may not find the kind of triple threat talent needed to play the starring role of Peggy Sawyer. The show — which starts its four-week run at the Woodland Opera House Friday night — focuses on the character of Peggy, a chorus girl who moves from a small town to New York to audition for “Pretty Lady.” When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a success. “Peggy is a hugely challenging role you have to be a very special person to play that part because you have to be an excellent singer, an excellent tap dancer and a fantastic actress,” Cooner said before a recent rehearsal. “When we chose this show I was truly concerned that we would not find somebody who could do it all — and then Ernestine walked in.” This is Ernestine Balisi’s first time performing at the historic venue, although she’s no stranger to the story of “42nd Street. Read more here >>>

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