Singin’ in the Rain – a Splash Hit!
I had the absolute pleasure of going to see the Australian production of Singin’ in the Rain, at the Sydney Lyric (at The Star) last week thanks to Nuffnang.
Based on the iconic movie of the same name, this high-energy, all-singing all-dancing musical will have you tapping your feet and humming along all night, or, in my case, for days to come – I’ve been waking my kids up with Good Morning every day (which, as you can imagine, they’re incredibly pleased about).
Here’s a little ear-worm for you:
Australian cast of Singin’ in the Rain perform Good Morning
The lead role of Don Lockwood is billed to be played by Adam Garcia, however he was recovering from an injury on the night we went so the role was played by Grant Almirall, who was absolutely brilliant. Amazing voice, fantastic dancer and just the right mix of swagger and vulnerability that you want in a leading man. With movie star looks to boot ;).
But the absolute star of the show, for me anyway, was Jack Chambers in the role of Cosmo Brown, Don Lockwood’s goofy sidekick. I didn’t know this, but Jack was actually the winner of the very first Australian ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, and has had huge success in the USA since then. He’s even been nominated for a Helpmann Award for his performance in Singin’ in the Rain, as Best Male Actor, which is very well deserved in my opinion!
Singin’ in the Rain has everything you want in a musical – incredible dancing, toe-tapping songs, fantastic costumes and a brilliant set. It’s romantic, funny, uplifting and DAZZLING!
The stage itself becomes a part of the show during the performance of the title track Singin’ in the Rain, when around 12,000 litres of water is ‘rained’ down on the stage as Don Lockwood splashes about in the puddles (very deliberately splashing the first three rows of the audience as he does so!). To create the ‘rain’ effect, the production uses a 900kg water tank and over 800 metres of flexible pipe to produce the downpour from above, as well as flooding from below the stage. The effect is amazing, and really brings the audience into the performance.
The female lead of Kathy Seldon is played by the gorgeous Gretel Scarlett, who’s previously starred in Grease, Wicked and Mamamia! to great acclaim. She is an incredible talent and really holds her own with the male leads. Erika Heynatz’s hilarious portrayal of the screech-voiced Lina Lamont, who’s career is under threat due to the advent of the ‘talkies’ (movies with sound), was quite a surprise for me – I’d only ever seen her in Home and Away and had no idea that she was so versatile.
Singin’ in the Rain is a high-energy, dynamic, feel-good show that is a few hours of pure escapism. Even if you don’t remember the movie, you’re sure to remember some of the iconic songs, like Good Morning, Moses Supposes and, of course, Singin’ in the Rain.
Tickets to Singin’ in the Rain at the Sydney Lyric are on sale now and available to purchase at www.singin.com.au.
Photos courtesy of Singin’ in the Rain.