Full Length Musical
Period, Romantic Comedy
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1930s
Settings Of Play - Atlantic City's Steel Pier. August, 1933.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Competition or audition material
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Tony, From Broadway
NOMINEE! Tony Award for Best Musical
NOMINEE! Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical
NOMINEE! Tony Award for Best Original Score
NOMINEE! Tony Award for best Orchestrations
NOMINEE! Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
NOMINEE! Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music
NOMINEE! Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations
In the honky tonk world of marathon dancing in Atlantic City in 1933, a captivating assortment of depression era souls eager to dance their way into fame and prizes gather on the Steel Pier. The spectacle is presided over by an oily tongued emcee who is secretly married to Rita Racine, the champion dancer. Her usual partner doesn't show up, so she is paired with a handsome pilot on leave. As the hours of dancing whirl on, Rita becomes increasingly disillusioned with her sleazy, conniving husband and more and more infatuated with the handsome young aviator and a vision of life in a peaceful cottage. Songs by the creators of Chicago, Cabaret and other Broadway classics perfectly capture the rhythms of the 1930's dance era.
"Beautiful songs skillfully interwoven with the plot." - N.Y. Daily News
"Spectacular." - N.Y. Post.
"Steeped in wistfulness." - N.Y. Times
Steel Pier first premiered at the Richard Rogers Theatre on Broadway on April 24, 1997. It was directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Susan Stroman. The cast included Debra Monk and Kristin Chenoweth.