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Singin' in the Rain Melbourne Premiere at Her Majesty's Theatre on Saturday 14 May 2016. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Singin' in the Rain Melbourne Premiere at Her Majesty's Theatre on Saturday 14 May 2016. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Singin’ In The Rain Is World Class Theatre For Melbourne #REVIEW

by Paul Cashmere on May 15, 2016

in News,Reviews

The success of the newest Australian production of ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ is simple. Take a classic story, mix with a cast of great actors and then just add water … literally.

‘Singin’ In The Rain’ has been done numerous times worldwide since the original movie of 1952. This production takes it further than ever before with thanks to one new addition … plumbing.

At the end of the first act the front rows of Her Majesty’s Theatre were applauding in the rain as 12,000 litres of water showered down on the stage. It was an incredible effect that brought the movie to the stage like never before.

‘Singin’ In The Rain’ is set in 1927 as Hollywood was changing from silent movies to the talkies. That created a problem for the biggest star in Tinseltown, Lina Lamont, who sounded like Fran Fine when she spoke.

To get the first talkie made for Monumental Pictures unknown actress Kathy Selden is hired to be the overdubbed voice of Lamont. (Yes, we know. It does sound like the real life story of Milli Vanilli).

The cast of ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ 2016 was perfect. Adam Garcia as Don Lockwood, Gretel Scarlett as Kathy Selden, Jack Chambers as Cosmo Brown, Erika Hetnatz as Lina Lamont, Robyn Arthur as Dora and Miss Dinsmore, Mike Bishop as RF Simpson and Rodney Dobson as Roscoe Dexter bring decades of combined experience to the roles but keep the characters true to the original production. It is really only the set that has been given an upgrade.

‘Singin’ In The Rain’ is simply a classic. It portrays the very best example of a family theatre production ever. This production is world class and once again demonstrates Australian theatre is of global standard and that Melbourne is the entertainment capital of Australia.

People Australia-wide flock to see shows performed in Melbourne. The combination of Her Majestry’s Theatre, the Singin’ In The Rain production and this marvellous cast makes a trip to Broadway or the West End a waste of time and money. Everything you need in theatre is right here in Melbourne.

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