"COME on along and listen to, the lullaby of Broadway..."

There really is something quite magical about stepping back in time with one of the old-school musicals. And 42nd Street is an absolute classic.

The glitz, the glamour – from the costumes and hairstyles down to the enchanting score and even the characters themselves, it really is a joy to lose yourself in this world which seems so far removed from that of today.

First released as a film in 1933, it became one of the most successful and longest-running Broadway musicals ever. But it's clear from the reaction of the appreciative audience that this show still has universal appeal.

The stage is set, quite literally, from the opening number, as we're treated to the most fabulous display of tap dancing, as the curtain rises on the audition for Julian Marsh's new production, Pretty Lady. We soon meet Peggy Sawyer, a talented young girl desperate to make her name in showbiz.

Yes, the smiles are cheesy, yes the storyline is a little twee, but there's just something about watching these incredible, en masse tap routines, that makes it all okay. The passion and sheer talent on stage is undeniable, the enjoyment infectious.

Samantha Womack showcased a surprisingly powerful voice as showbiz diva Dorothy Brock, while Sam Lips was sublime as Pretty Lady's lead, Billy Lawlor. Steps singer Faye Tozer brought both talent and comic timing to her role as Maggie Jones, and Les Dennis was his loveable self as Bert Barry.

Michael Praed, too, had a pleasing voice as Julian Marsh, but it was Nicole-Lily Baisden who simply brought the house down as young wannabe Peggy Sawyer. It's almost impossible to keep up with her seemingly effortless, flying feet. I couldn't take my eyes off her.

There are several lesser-known numbers in the show, but the big hits were beautifully staged – Lullaby of Broadway, We're in the Money and, of course, 42nd Street were nothing short of spectacular. Just pure showbiz.

Fun, upbeat and full of energy – you'll be tapping your feet all the way home.