Published On: Sat, Mar 8th, 2014 on 1:41 pm

Tap dancers from The Dance Studio in Leeds are heading to 42nd Street

The Dance Studio Leeds

(l-r) Fiona Lane, Kyle Walker, Ceris Williams, and Jemma Appleson

On the back of sold-out events last year, the Leeds Amateur Operatic Society (LAOS) is returning to present Broadway favourite 42nd Street.

Combining the talent of many Yorkshire dancers, it promises its latest show to be an electrifying song and dance extravaganza.

Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes, the performance follows the glamorous life of theatre producer Julian Marsh as he tries to stage a Broadway musical at the height of the great depression in New York.

But tensions get high between leading lady Dorothy Brock and an enthusiastic newcomer Peggy Sawyer at the auditions, which makes the audience question whether the show will go on.

The performance is expected to be packed-out this month, featuring many performers from across the county bringing back popular numbers such as ‘We’re in the Money’, ‘Lullaby of Broadway’ and ‘42nd Street’.

LAOS contacted a number of dance schools in the region ahead of 42nd Street, and The Dance Studio in Leeds was chosen.

Four of its dancers – Fiona Lane, Kyle Walker, Ceris Williams, and Jemma Appleson – passed stiff competition to make it through to perform.

Founded in 1890, LAOS has become a well-established operatic society performing at prestigious theatres for many years with over 100 members based across West Yorkshire.

42nd Street is being performed at the Leeds Grand Theatre from 18 March to 22 March.

Tickets are available through the Grand Theatre box office on 08448 482700 or online at

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