The Mail on Sunday - You - - FRONT ROW - Sue Peart

When the clas­sic Amer­i­can mu­si­cal 42nd Street ex­ploded on to the Lon­don stage ear­lier this year, it re­ceived stand­ing ova­tions ev­ery night and a clutch of five-star re­views. This hugely am­bi­tious pro­duc­tion brought to­gether an un­prece­dented num­ber of hoofers (43) to tap out the daz­zling open­ing num­ber. Au­di­ences were wowed, and the show has been sold out ever since. We got to­gether some of the amaz­ing dancers to model our party ac­ces­sories spe­cial ( page 14) – which we pho­tographed (amid much laugh­ter and silli­ness) on the stage of the pala­tial The­atre Royal, Drury Lane. If you haven’t yet seen the show, turn to page 57 and en­ter our fan­tas­tic com­pe­ti­tion to win two top-tier tick­ets – we have 250 pairs to give away! And con­tin­u­ing the mu­si­cals theme, read our ex­clu­sive in­ter­views with three lead­ing West End di­vas on page 40. When I was grow­ing up, it didn’t oc­cur to me to raid my mother’s wardrobe – while she was very fash­ion con­scious, her clothes tended to­wards neat and smart, whereas I was all flared trousers, plat­form shoes and shoul­der pads. How things have changed. These days, daugh­ters reg­u­larly dip into their moth­ers’ clos­ets, and fash­ion brands, recog­nis­ing this, are pro­duc­ing lines that ef­fort­lessly span the age di­vide. Check them out on page 32. Fi­nally, if you haven’t yet started your Christ­mas present buy­ing, let us solve any dilem­mas with our fab­u­lous Gift Guide, which is packed with orig­i­nal, fun and dif­fer­ent ideas as­sem­bled by our bril­liant in­te­ri­ors team ( page 61).

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