A Dance Step Back In Time
Torrington's Warner Theatre opened its doors to Fox 61 this morning for a chat with some of the show's actors, its director, and some of the Theatre brass.
The timing and times for this showing of "42nd Street" couldn't be more ripe. Chalk up to serendipity, the combination of a very talented cast performing in a majestic theater, set in a locale that in itself is a getaway, especially for those who want a grand live show experience but work in Hartford or New Haven and don't want to make the weekend feel shorter by virtue of 'commuting' in during leisure time. Driving into Torrington, one immediately gets the feeling of a simpler, less-rushed era. It doesn't hurt that most roads leading in and out of this northwestern Connecticut city are secondary byways, instead of those mileage disposal units we call highways. On show nights the Warner Theatre's marquee bathes Main Street in that carnival-like glow that enthuses even the most hardened soul with the gilded anticipation that abandons most of us by adulthood.
It only gets better. The Warner's foyer, lobbies, and main seating area are festooned in the art deco style that makes the 1930s much more pleasant to recall than it was to go through for those who lived it. Long before the curtain goes up, those in attendance - whether they realize it or not - have left their cares somewhere else.
But this particular show, "42nd Street", happens to be some pretty powerful medicine for the here and now. It's set about the same time the Warner opened as a movie theater in the early 1930s, when the Great Depression was just hitting its full stride. The story is set to vocals and dance that not only are guaranteed to get your own feet tapping, but just might kindle dreams of stardom, whether you're 8 or 80. While we won't spoil the actual plot, "42nd Street" sent this viewer home reminded that while most things don't last forever, hope springs eternal, and it's in the moments of darkest despair and seeming failure that greatness is most within our reach.
Considering that the Warner Theatre itself weathered the Depression and nearly met the wrecking ball in the 1980s, only to enjoy a revival and expansion to unprecedented splendor - not to mention the worst economy since about the time the fledgling theater came into being, "42nd" just might be the Street of dreams to help you remember that the future is good. The Warner Theatre is just the place to get that future started.
"42nd Street" shows 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29.
Warner Theatre is located at 68 Main Street, Torrington, CT.