Between receiving his Equity card in 1989 and his first television role as ‘Man in Pub’ in Boon in 1992, Richard performed as a member of the chorus in several West End musical productions, including 42nd Street.
42nd Street follows the story of the hopeful and naïve actress, Peggy Sawyer, looking for work on Depression Broadway. It is based on the 1933 musical of the same name. It was first performed in 1980 when it won several Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical, and Drama Desk awards. It has been revived many times since then. The 1984 London production won the Laurence Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. The book was written by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin. Songs from the musical include ‘You’re Getting to be a Habit With Me’, ‘Lullaby of Broadway’, ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’ and ’42nd Street’.
Richard Armitage performed as part of the Ensemble for the 1991 production, staged at the Dominion Theatre in London.
Principal Cast Executive Producer
Jenna Ward – Peggy Sawyer Adrian Leggett
Kenneth Nelson – Julian Marsh
Richard Cuerdon – Billy Lawler Director
Elaine Loudon – Dorothy Brock Mark Bramble
Richard Armitage – Member of the Ensemble
Book Music Lyrics
Michael Stewart Hal Warren Al Dubin
When he was in the chorus of 42nd Street, he was so much taller than the other dancers that he had to stand right at the back and wear a specially shortened top hat. (Me a sex god? Spooks star Richard Armitage on his army of female fans, Mail Online, October 10, 2009)