Ex JFS boy taps to 42nd Street

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - MU­SI­CALS NEIL GOLD

ON THE day Greg Bern­stein au­di­tioned for 42nd Street in Lon­don, noth­ing went to plan. To be­gin with he was in Ply­mouth ap­pear­ing nightly as Valen­tine in the tour­ing pro­duc­tion of Mary Pop­pins and QN QKM ]X LN \^[N ]QK] QR\ SX^[WNā (400 miles re­turn) would get him LKûT ]X ]QN ]QNK][N XW 3NþXW´\ south coast in time for the 7.30 pm cur­tain call.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Great Western train was de­layed and as he sat star­ing at his tap shoes after a 5am start, hun­dreds of other young dancers des­per­ate to get one of the 36 en­sem­ble roles were al­ready queu­ing for the open au­di­tion. 4þNW ;K[T 2[KVLUN 42nd Street’s co-au­thor and direc­tor of the new pro­duc­tion com­mented on the “fan­tas­tic turnout” in the cap­i­tal of dancers who are now equal in abil­ity to those in Amer­i­can theatre.

Greg, a former JFS pupil, was un­der­stand­ably stressed as he raced from Padding­ton to the Glass 6RUU A]^MRX\ RW AX^]QÿK[T XWUā ]X find a room full of sweaty dancers al­ready au fait with the rou­tine. His au­di­tion was fast be­com­ing the story of a mu­si­cal.

±7 ÿK\ MNORWR]NUā XW ]QN LKûT foot,” re­calls Greg, who mum­bled KYXUXPRN\ KWM \URWTNM ]X ]QN LKûT of the room to watch. “But within ten min­utes of ar­riv­ing they an­nounced we had to do the rou]RWN RWMRþRM^KUUā KWM 7´M S^\] ]KTNW XOO Vā SKûTN] ²

For many this would have been a shuf­fle, heel, toe too far, but Greg went to the bath­room, stood in front of the mirror and re­played ]QN \]NY\ QN´M S^\] \NNW 1\ QN re­turned to the stu­dio his name was called and though the panel UXXTNM MX^L]O^U KWM XOON[NM QRV an out, he re­fused and from the very first note was step per­fect. Two I missed out on Billy El­liot be­cause I wasn’t gritty ÿNNT\ UK]N[ ô[NP ÿK\ WX] XWUā RWþR]NM ]X SXRW ]QN ûK\] XO $"WM A][NN] but of­fered a dance solo as well as first un­der­study for the prin­ci­pal [XUN XO ³2N[] 2K[[ā´ 1UU ]QK] KWM QN VKMN R] LKûT ]X >UāVX^]Q OX[ Mary Pop­pins.

So who can blame him for grin­ning while mod­el­ling one of the eight made-to-mea­sure suits he wears in a show that has eight vig­or­ous and com­plex tap rou­tines

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