Singin’ In The Rain has been showered with praise ever since Gene Kelly first sloshed around on a street corner, giddy with flu and dancing with a brolly and big smile on his face, in one of the most iconic moments in cinema history.
On stage the musical, written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb) never fails to excite audiences with its dance routines, wise-cracking humour and unforgettable tunes. It is arguably one of the most beloved Hollywood show of all time.
So have your macs at the ready for a spectacular new production of Singin’ In The Rain which opens next Tuesday at Stevenage’s Gordon Craig Theatre. The venue does a once-a-year in-house big budget summer musical (past shows include sister Act, Fame and Hairspray) and they have pulled out all the stops for this. Hell, it’s even going to be raining (as if we don’t see enough of that during a British summer!).
Set in Hollywood, in the waning days of the silent screen era, Singin’ In The Rain focuses on romantic lead Don Lockwood (played by Mike Denman), his sidekick Cosmo Brown (Simon Anthony), aspiring actress Kathy Selden (Katie Warsop), and Lockwood’s leading lady Lina Lamont (Cameron Leigh), with her less-than-dulcet vocal tones.
In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes things aren’t always as they appear. With the advent of talkies the studio bosses have a big problem – Lina’s squeaky voice is a joke.
But perhaps the illusion of celluloid romance can be sustained if she’s dubbed and one starlet, desperate for fame, fits the bill, aspiring actress Kathy.
The 1952 greatest movie musical of all time was faithfully and lovingly adapted for the stage by Broadway legends Comden and Green from their original award-winning screenplay.
Each memorable scene, song, and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, Singin’ in the Rain plus Good Morning, Make Em Laugh, Moses Supposes, and You Were Meant For Me.
Mike Denman’s theatre credits include playing The Stalker in The Bodyguard (Original cast UK Tour); Matilda (RSC Cambridge Theatre); Kiss Me Kate (UK Tour) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury).
Katie Warsop’s theatre credits include Katie’s other Theatre Credits include; Rumpleteazer in Cats (UK/ European Tour); The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium); We Will Rock You (UK/International Tour) and 42nd Street (The Shaw Theatre).
Gibraltar-born Simon Anthony’s work includes playing Dodo in the original cast of Wonder.land (National Theatre and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris); Oklahoma! (UK Tour); White Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Hairspray (Gordon Craig Theatre); Unsung (Orange Tree Theatre) and Kiss Me Kate (Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms).
Cameron Leigh has appeared in the title role in Piaf (Charing Cross Theatre). Other theatre credits include The White Feather (Union Theatre/Arion Productions); Charlotte’s Web (Gordon Craig Theatre); Calamity Jane (Shaftesbury Theatre/UK Tour); Cats (New London Theatre/Cameron Mackintosh); Chicago; Joseph; and West Side Story.
Full cast: Gillian Parkhouse, Lizzie Stanley, Maddie Hope Coelho, Steve Varnom, Adam Shorey, Simon Anthony, Cameron Leigh, Mike Denman, Tamsyn Blake, Anton Fosh, Katie Warsop, Lee Nicholson, Bryan Mottram, Jonni Gatenby, David Malcolm, Craig Armstrong, Joanna Gregory, Phil Joel, Jack Gale, Bobby White, Siena Jarman-Tew and Skyler Wood.
With an ensemble of: Amy Everett, Henry Eaglesfield, Sophia Rose-Byrne and Bethany Filler.
This classic Hollywood blockbuster has been adapted director Catherine Lomax, musical director Chris Keen and choreographer, Khiley Williams.
Singin’ In The Rain runs at the Gordon Craig Theatre from August 17-27 and, be warned you may get a bit wet in the first few rows – but brollies are strictly not permitted!