Singin’ In The Rain is one of Hollywood’s best loved movie musicals and it has now been reimagined into a joyous, exuberant musical production. It was a ‘splash-hit’ in London’s West End, with four Olivier Award nominations and a major UK tour. It now comes to Australia for the first time with a premiere season at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre from 7 May to 3 July 2016.
I was invited to attend a show and thoroughly enjoyed the frothy storyline, famous songs and light-footed choreography first made famous by Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. It stays true to the 1952 classic film as it tells the story of when Hollywood got talking pictures and the first Hollywood musical.
The Australian season of Singin’ In The Rain showcases local talent. In particular I thought that the four main characters were perfectly cast. Cosmo Brown (Jack Chambers) was a perfect slapstick foil for the romantic lead Don Lockwood (Adam Garcia) while Lina Lamont (Erica Heynatz) pitched her screechy grating voice for comic effect in contrast to the sweetness of Kathy Selden (Greta Scarlett).
Here’s a behind-the-scenes video with the four lead actors in the Australian production.
The ensemble’s steps were perfectly timed in unison, feet shuffling and tapping in a blur of steps. It’s amazing to see the movie’s choreography brought to life on stage and all the famous songs are there, including Good Morning, and Make ‘em Laugh.
The costumes are beautifully rainbow hued and evoke 1920s glamour.
The highlight set piece is the title song Singin’ In The Rain and if you’re wondering how they recreate the famous sequence on stage…there’s 12000 litres of water involved! Yes real rain pours down on stage as Don Lockwood dances, twirls, skips and kicks in the choreography made iconic by Gene Kelly.
While an area of the stage is slightly sunken to create a shallow pool, the first three rows of the audience are still at risk of being splashed! They are all provided with hooded plastic ponchos for protection.
Singin’ In The Rain is reprised twice – once at the end of intermission and as a full cast finale when the cast really lift the roof with their umbrella-twirling exuberance.
Watch a behind-the-scenes video off the full cast rehearsal of the finale. How they manage to sing, smile and dance without huffing and puffing is amazing!
Singin’ In The Rain is a nostalgic throwback to the heyday of Hollywood ‘talkies’ and classic musicals and it’s a delightful night out. You can’t fail to be charmed by the comedy, costumes, gorgeous voices and cheery dancing. After its Melbourne run Singin’ In The Rain will seen by Australian audiences in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Singin’ In The Rain, Her Majesty’s Theatre, 291 Exhibition St, Melbourne
Tickets from $71.26
PHONE 1300 795 012 or LOCATE AN OUTLET
Shows on Tuesday – Sunday, Matinees Wed, Sat, Sun
Box Office Opens: 2hrs prior to start of show
Running time: 2 hrs 40min
Interval(included): 20 min
Doors Open: 30min prior to start of show