Singin In The Rain London Tickets
A musical that is set in the roaring 1920s, Singin in the Rain London focuses on the lives of some fictional silent movie stars who are among the biggest names in entertainment of their time. The musical was written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, who were nominated for Oscars for their screenplay of The Band Wagon. The husband-and-wife team created Singin in the Rain's three main characters: Don Lockwood, the romantic lead, his sidekick, Cosmo Brown and the aspiring starlet, Kathy Selden. With lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown, the 1952 Hollywood film production of Singin in the Rain, starring Gene Kelly, was a huge success. Nevertheless, the popular film was not staged in America until this had first been achieved in the UK's capital.
Singin In The Rain London's history
Three decades after the film version of Singin in the Rain came out, a production of it starring Tommy Steele was first staged. Opening in 1983 at the London Palladium, this production used a few numbers that were not in the movie, and the score was updated a little. Roy Castle took the role of Cosmo, and Danielle Carson played Kathy. As a result of its success, a revamped version was staged on Broadway in 1985, with new choreography, costumes and scenic designs, and a US cast.
Following a UK-wide tour of 1994, Singin in the Rain returned to London for a revival in 2000. Staged by the National Theatre, this version cast Zoe Hart as Kathy and Paul Robinson as Don. Directed by Jude Kelly, the production's Rebecca Thornhill, who played Lina, was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performances.
In 2004, a Sadler's Wells production revived the musical once more. However, it was in 2011 that a new staging of Singin in the Rain at the Chichester Festival started to gain traction and many critical plaudits. Starring Adam Cooper, Stephane Anelli and Louise Bowden, this version of the musical soon transferred to the West End, with Cooper winning much praise in the British press. One daily newspaper referred to it as the show that 'never puts a foot wrong'. Others praised the production's 'thrillingly inventive choreography' and its 'highly-drilled cast'.
The show recreates the famous rain scene in which the stage is drenched for a prolonged period, as Don dances up and down despite the persistent downpour. Featuring songs such as “Good Morning” and “All I Do Is Dream of You”, the production is a conventional musical. However, due to the large quantities of water used, it is also a special effects masterpiece.
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