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Carole Mikita ReportingThe producers of the smash Broadway revival '42nd Street' have launched a national tour that opened in Salt Lake City last night. In the ensemble cast, dancing and singing up a storm are two former BYU students who are happy to be back.
Even on Broadway '42nd Street' is considered the granddaddy of musical theatre. It's a star-is-born story, and in the touring company's chorus line of chorus lines are two BYU graduates.
Clark Johnsen, '42nd Street: "Is really magical for me because I always wanted to perform at this theatre. I saw a lot of Broadway shows here in college and so for me to get to have everyone come and see me here is just great; it's a dream."
Holly Bosil, '42nd Street: "It is pretty exciting. I always wanted to perform here and I always wanted to do '42nd street’ ‘cause it's my favorite show. And now I'm here and I have an aunt and uncle who are here and my best friend and roommates from college. So it's like this is the best stop right here."
Holly and Clark are members of the show's ensemble. In this production, that's a lot of stage time, dancing in every show-stopping number. Holly studied dance from an early age, Clark not until college.
Clark Johnsen: "I got there and just decided to take a modern dance class for fun. Then when I got back from my mission I decided to audition for 'secret garden', which was the show that I loved growing up. So from there I got into the program and I started training; and Ii think the training I got at BYU was just like first rate."
Critics credit the performers with the most admired ensemble tap dancing ever. Two former Utahns are thrilled to be sharing their talents.
Holly Bosil: "When the opportunities present themselves, you just have to take it. Especially in this business because you never know if it's ever gonna come again."
'42nd Street' will be at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake through November 30th. Tickets are 25 to 60 dollars.