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Understudy Steph Parry to star as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street

Steph Parry as Dorothy Brock and 42nd Street Ensemble 3 (c) Matt Crockett.

IN THE week that 42nd Street celebrates the 500th performance of its run, the producers have announced that Steph Parry is to now take the iconic role of Dorothy Brock in the show at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

The actress shot to fame last week when she stepped up from understudy in one show to suddenly play the starring role in another musical playing nearby.

Parry’s casting in the star role is a rare case of life imitating art – 42nd Street tells the story of a young actress being given her shot at stardom after the leading lady is injured, and charts the understudy’s rise from showgirl to star.

Last week, Parry was preparing for her understudy role in 42nd Street when she was called by the company manager of Mamma Mia!, after the leading lady was forced off stage with an injury. Rather than see the audience sent home, Parry stepped into the shoes of the injured actress to ensure that the show did indeed go on.

Following this, Steph has now been awarded the starring role of Dorothy Brock, following in the footsteps of Lulu who has been playing the legendary diva in the five-star production. The role has also previously been taken by Sheena Easton.

Parry’s first performance will be Monday, July 9, 2018.

42nd Street is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as We’re In The Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames, I Only Have Eyes For You, and of course, 42nd Street.

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Image: Steph Parry as Dorothy Brock and 42nd Street Ensemble 3 © Matt Crockett.