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Singin' In The Rain, Palace Theatre
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Photo credit: http://www.palacetheatrelondon.org/singin-in-the-rain/

Cut and pasted from the Singin' In The Rain Website:

Following its critically acclaimed, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Singin' in the Rain is now making a splash at London's Palace Theatre.

It’s the roaring ’20s and silent movie stars are the biggest names in the world. Don Lockwood has it all, a string of hit films and a studio-engineered romance with the most beautiful actress in town. But with the new phenomenon of the talking picture on the way and a chance meeting with a talented young chorus girl set to steal his heart, things are about to change for Don and for Hollywood forever.

With all the charm, romance, comedy and tinsel town glamour of one of the world’s best-loved films, Jonathan Church’s brand new production features a glorious score including the classics Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the legendary Singin’ in the Rain.

Adam Cooper, Daniel Crossley and Scarlett Strallen are a joyous trio, dazzling in the roles made famous by Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. They lead a multi-talented cast which also features Katherine Kingsley as the hilarious blonde bombshell Lina Lamont, Michael Brandon as the highly-strung studio boss trying to win Hollywood’s biggest prize, the first hit ‘talkie’ and Sandra Dickinson as gossip columnist Dora Bailey.

With stylish, soaring choreography from Andrew Wright and Simon Higlett’s sumptuous set design, Singin’ in the Rain will shower you with everything you could ever want in a hit West End musical!

For all the details on the production and to buy tickets follow the link:
http://www.singinintherain.co.uk/

Raks's Reaction

I went to see this tonight (Friday 11 May). I only went to see it because of Adam Cooper. I love Adam and I think his dancing is out of this world.

I have no familiarity with the film, except of course the iconic Singin' in the Rain dance sequence (although I have to be honest and admit I am more familiar with the Morecambe and Wise version than with the original! Shows what a true Brit I am!). So I came to the story fresh.

Overall, I would say that I was disappointed. There is nothing wrong with the production per se. But, for me, it lacked the "WOW" factor. There was nothing mindblowing or outstanding or memorable about it. Given that there are so many excellent musicals running in the West End at the moment, I would not choose to see this again.

Adam was wasted in this. I have seen Adam in a range of productions; his dancing is always genius. This was his weakest performance. That was not his fault; the choreography simply was not challenging enough and so he didn't ever reach the heights that he is capable of reaching.

I will give a shout out to Katherine Kingsley as Lina Lamont who, in my mind, completely stole the show with her performance. She was just brilliant.

Finally, the actual Singin' in the Rain dance number, and the finale, is worth seeing because it features copious amounts of water on stage, actors jumping around in said water, and totally and utterly drenching the front rows of the stalls to much audience and actor amusement. But a West End musical needs way more than that gimmick.

Sadly, I would not recommend this. I went in a cheap seat, I definitely would not pay for an expensive ticket, and I would not go again. Sorry Adam!

In fact, my recommendation is that you forget this and watch the Morecambe and Wise version of the iconic Singin' in the Rain number - catch it on youtube!


Photo credit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/clips/p00bpl5k/the_morecambe_and_wise_show_singing_in_the_rain/
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Pity. Every great musical deserves regular revival and reinvention, but the original movie starring Gene Kelly would be hard to beat for charm – except of course by the brilliant duo in your recommended clip! :-))

Exactly. Eric and Ernie all the way!

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