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Singin' In The Rain - Bradford Alhambra

Published by: GRAHAM CLARK on 4th Sep 2014 | View all blogs by GRAHAM CLARK
I was not quite sure what to expect from this big budget production of the stage show of this popular film. I need not have been worried though because the show is an all singing, dancing, lavish and very funny musical.

Singing in the Rain

It is like being back in the golden age of cinema, when movie stars were some of the biggest names around. Set in Hollywood in 1927 the story of the stage show sticks closely to the film version.

With Monumental Pictures loosing out to Warner Brothers new "talking" movies, Monumental has to move with the times and its new film hence The Duelling Cavalier becomes The Dancing Cavalier with a musical score. Of course there is a twist in the tale.

On screen lovers Don Lockwood (played with style and panache by James Leece) and Lina Lamont (Vicky Binns) move swiftly over to the "talking" movies, however, there is just one problem in that Lamont cannot sing! Lockwood's off screen lover Kathy Seldon (Amy Ellen Richardson) has the voice and she becomes the on screen singing voice of Lamont much to her dislike.

One of the stars of the show who has some brilliant one liners is Cosmo Brown (Stephane Anelli). Anelli has perfect comic timing and his slapstick comedy is one of the main draws of the show.

Credit too must go to Paul Grunert who plays a brilliant part as Director Roscoe Dexter. Studio owner R F Simpson is played with authority by Maxwell Caufield.

The songs are well known though Make 'em Laugh is memorable, there is even a dancing gorilla!

Some of the front row have come armed with umbrella's, they need them too as just before the end of the first half of the show Singin' In The Rain is performed as  some of the 12,000 litres of water used in the show, starts to rain all over the stage!

There is no escaping as the song is performed again - with more rain, at the end of the show.
 
The show has everything you want from a musical and more, I enjoyed every minute of it. My tip though is do not sit near the front unless you enjoy getting wet. It does not deter though from what is one of the best musicals currently touring the UK.
 
Runs until Saturday 13 September 2014,  tickets from £19.50 available from: www.bradford-theatres.co.uk.  Telephone 01274 432000

Comments

2 Comments

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Thanks for your review, Graham. This sounds like an excellent production which ticks all the musical 'boxes'.
  • Kirstie Niland
    by Kirstie Niland 3 years ago
    This sounds great! Love the idea of having to take an umbrella!
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