performance scene from "42nd Street"

ASU Gammage presents Operation Date Night

By

Lisa Robbins

ASU Gammage is hosting a night out for military couples with Operation Date Night. More than 50 couples have been selected to experience the toe-tapping classic "42nd Street" on Wednesday, April 6, for free.  

ASU Gammage created the program to celebrate and honor the members of the U.S. military. Its mission is to allow them and their spouses/partners a night away from the day-to-day stresses to enjoy a special date with one another. As part of the evening, participants will receive a pair of tickets to the show as well as a gift card to a local restaurant at no cost.

Operation Date Night is part of the ASU Gammage Salute supporting military programs, which include the Military Ticket Fund, Military Family First Night and Heroes Night. The ASU Gammage Salute allows for our nation’s heroes and their families to see the best of Broadway each season.  

Operation Date Night is made possible with funding from APS and Veterans Ticket Foundation.

The backstage musical-comedy classic "42nd Street" is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes songs such as “We’re in the Money,” Lullaby of Broadway,” Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes for You” and of course “42nd Street.”

Based on a novel by Bradford Ropers and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd Street tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lade. When the star breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star. It features a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2011 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival.

"42nd Street" runs April 5-10 at ASU Gammage. Tickets are on sale at asugammage.com.