Brought to you by Nuffnang and Singin’ In The Rain
When I was younger, I tried to dance. I was all legs and zero coordination. Much like a baby giraffe taking its first steps on ice. Actually – I still look like that when I dance. I would also splash in puddles – and get awfully wet – usually whilst in gumboots and with a bare bottom (maybe that’s another story!).
On Friday night, I got to see some REAL dancing. Real dancing in a big puddle. Not a gumboot or bare bum in sight!
I was lucky enough (thanks to Nuffnang) to attend the preview of Singin’ In The Rain, at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. I took Wilbur along with me, knowing full well that he would start snoring if he was bored. He is an excellent companion.Let it be known that I had ZERO Singin’ In The Rain knowledge – except for actually singing the song in the rain whilst jumping through puddles. To be honest – I didn’t even realise it was a movie (1952 – directed by Gene Kelly), let alone a musical.
After a sell-out season on the West-End in London, Singin’ In The Rain has just hit Melbourne, like a raging storm, after making a splash in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth (see what I did there!). The very awesome Adam Garcia (Dancing with the Stars AU) makes his return to the Australian stage (we last saw him with David Atkins in Hot Shoe Shuffle, and as a founding member of Tap Dogs), playing the lead role of Don Lockwood. He is well-supported by the fabulous Jack Chambers as the incredibly talented physical comedic side-kick, Cosmo Brown, Gretel Scarlett, playing Kathy Selden and Erika Heynatz (yes!), who played the ditzy Lina Lamont.
The show is spectacular, and full ‘to the brim’ with the charm, comedy and tinseltown glamour of one of the world’s best loved movies (obviously I have been living under a rock, since I had NO idea it was a movie!). It tells the story of the first Hollywood musical, when the silver screen found it’s voice, and left silent movies – and some of its stars – behind.As well as glorious songs including Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the classic Singin’ in the Rain, the movie’s choreography is brought to life, and with the help of 12,000 litres of water, the audience can enjoy one of the most iconic dance routines live on stage, and get super wet in the SPLASHZONE! (actually – not SUPER wet – there are clear plastic ponchos provided – but I did note that the cast members were not shy in kicking around the water whilst tapping!).The dancing was fabulous – some of the routines – WOW! Incredible skills. Perfect timing.
Wilbur was VERY impressed with the costuming…. Need I say more!
The slapstick physical comedy from Jack Chambers was excellent (actually – ALL of the cast were awesome!), there are many ‘laugh out loud’ moments. Yes – even Wilbur laughed.
**** “OMG – it’s uh-maaazing” – the three particularly loud cackling ladies behind us
**** “Just incredible” – the lovely lady (Lisa) who was sitting next to me
**** ”standing ovation” – the audience
**** “ a big smile (and no snoring)” – Wilbur (my VERY early man husband – for those who are new to the blog!)
Folks – get on it. Make some time for a night out – have a photograph taken in the foyer (get yourselves UNDER the umbrella, unlike us!) Link up with Singin’ In The Rain on Instagram, and check out the hashtag #singingau.
Get your tickets by visiting SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. Take a raincoat, or an umbrella – find a puddle, and get tapping. Or, just go and see it! Guaranteed – no snoring!