Pioneer Theatre Company Presents 42nd Street

Jeffrey Pew talks about what it’s like to star in the show in front of a hometown crowd.

Twenty-five pages, ten dance numbers and six songs to learn in 36 hours. That’s the plight of Peggy, a small-town chorus girl freshly arrived in the Big Apple, and just chosen to replace the leading lady in the biggest show on Broadway. With determination, a little luck, and the lullaby of Broadway propelling her, this bright-eyed gal has the talent and heart to become a star. Toes will be tapping to this show-stopping, Tony Award-winning musical.

Playing the part of the hopeful young hoofer Peggy Sawyer is Equity actress Lea Kohl. Kohl performed in the first national tour of the 42nd Street revival (Peggy US/Ensemble) and with Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. She is a principal member of the award-winning NYC-based company Walden Dance Theatre and has performed in regional venues all over the U.S. including the Broadway Rose Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Papermill Theatre and Flat Rock Playhouse. This marks her PTC debut.

Peggy’s suitor, the leading man Billy Lawlor, is played by Equity actor Jeffrey Pew. Utah native Pew returns to PTC after appearing as Don in A Chorus Line, and as a member of the quartet in last season’s My Fair Lady. In New York, Pew also works as a pianist for The Mark Morris Dance Group, STEPS on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and Peridance. He recently recorded a new album of ballet music with David Howard for Roper Records. Pew holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Brigham Young University.

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