42nd Street at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

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‘Come and meet those dancing feet’ sing the cast of 42nd Street – and I’m very glad I did. This true classic of a musical is still as dazzlingly jazzy as ever.

Set in 1933, against the backdrop of the Great Depression and the collapse of the New York Stock Market, among the catty backstage world of Broadway, we follow Peggy Sawyer on her journey into showbusiness.

Tunes such as We’re In the Money tap into the financial issues of the time, whilst 42nd Street and Lullaby of Broadway are rousing show tunes.

Jessica Punch has great comic timing and plays with a sweet naivety perfect for the role of ingenue Peggy Sawyer. Marti Webb has a luxurious tone to her voice when she sings that gives her prima donna Dorothy true star quality.Dave Willetts slightly shouts his way through the part of Julian Marsh, but redeems himself.

If there is one criticism, it’s that the show is now perhaps so well-known that it’s almost a parody of itself. But it’s still toe-tappingly fabulous. Until Saturday.