Dancin’ And Singin’ In The Rain
Recently my Mum and I were lucky enough to attend the Lyric Theatre in Sydney and see a performance of the hit musical “Singin’ In The Rain”.
I must make rather an embarrassing admission before I go any further.
I have never seen the movie version, or indeed knew much about the storyline, or had even followed the current production, which has just wrapped up a season wowing audiences in Melbourne.
I did know that Adam Garcia, who had been a recent judge on “Dancing with the Stars” and starred in productions “Hot Shoe Shuffle” with David Atkins and “Tap Dogs” alongside Dein Perry, was the leading man.
My school girl crush on Adam Garcia started when he starred in the Hollywood movie Coyote Ugly! So my excitement at seeing him live on stage and just rows in front of me was palpable.
Unfortunately much to my disappointment, Adam Garcia, unbeknownst to us, had encountered what could only be described as an ‘occupational hazard’ injury and injured his calf, so he had been ruled out of performances for the first few Sydney shows.
Yes, I was initially disappointed, until the curtain opened and we were introduced to some pretty amazing characters and some equally amazing performances by the whole cast and ensemble.
The role of Don Lockwood was played by Grant Almirall. Almost straight away, we were swept up in his performance. He was just fantastic and seamlessly played the leading role.
Kathy Selden, played by Gretel Scarlet, just lit up the stage with her presence and amazing voice.
However I truly believe the performance of the night was by Jack Chambers. Playing the quirky character and sidekick to Don Lockwood, Cosmo Brown. He truly was a delight to watch and his performance was mesmerizing. He is such a talent and one I’m sure we will see a lot more of in the future.
Quite a few scenes also had us laughing hysterically with a terrific performance by Erika Heynatz, playing the very quirky, extremely popular and self absorbed silent screen actress Lina Lamont. She is left facing the real possibility that she may not survive the rapidly changing movie industry.
The story of “Singin’ In The Rain” is set in 1922 Hollywood, where the movie business lies on the cusp of finally finding it’s “voice”. Moving from ‘silent’ movies to ‘talkies’ was a challenge for both producers and actors. Some succeeded and some…well…didn’t.
There is live rain involved in the production and it will leave you wondering just how the creators managed the amazing feat of dumping 12,000L of water on it’s performers. The end result and the effect it creates is incredible.
Just a word of warning though, if you don’t want to get wet, maybe avoid the first 3 rows or the so called, ‘Splash Zone’.
If you are like me and haven’t seen the movie, you may not realize that you will in fact recognize quite a number of the tunes. “Good Morning”, “Make em Laugh”, “Moses Supposes” and of course the classic, “Singin In The Rain”.
“Singin’ In The Rain” will be showing in Sydney at the Lyric Theatre from July, September in QBAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane, December Adelaide Festival Theatre and Crown Theatre, Perth.
★★★★★ “A night of sheer delight. The perfect pick-me-up” Daily Telegraph (UK)
★★★★★ “A splash hit! Take cover as the cast kick up a storm” Daily Express
★★★★“Jonathan Church’s production has feel-good factor galore” Daily Mail
★★★★“Exhilarating… with infectious brolly-twirling glee” Evening Standard
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