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Singin' in the Rain at Adelaide Festival Theatre - Review

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by Stacey Canavan (subscribe)
I'm a 29 year old female Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Journalism at The University of South Australia in 2013 & completed my Diploma in Photography
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5/5 Stars

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises, Michael Cassel Group and TSG Dainty presents 'Singin' in the Rain' at Adelaide Festival Theatre running from December 1st - 23rd. Get ready to step back in time before films had sound and watch the journey live on stage.

Directed by Jonathon Church, Choreographed by Andrew Wright and Musical Directed Adrian Kirk, Screenplay written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green with songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed.

The 1952 film Singin in the Rain is generally considered Hollywood's greatest and finest screen musical and this Musical interpretation more than delivers. Having not been around for the transition into talking films it was incredible to relive that experience with my 75 year old grandmother who remembers it well.

Set in 1927, a silent film production company tries to make the transition into talking films when they hear what a success the first talking film was. It tells the story of the first Hollywood musical with famous silent movie stars Don Lockwood (Grant Almirall/Rohan Browne) and his co-star Lina Lamont (Erika Heyhats), but when fans hear Lamont's voice they are not impressed and in steps Lockwood's girlfriend Kathy Selden (Gretal Scarlett) to save the day. They dub her voice over Lamont's and the movie is a success. After hearing Adam Garcia was playing the role of Don Lockwood that had previously been played by Gene Kelly, but after an injury Grant Almirall and Rohan Browne shared the role. They live up to the high expectations Gene Kelly left behind.

The shinning star of this show was definitely Gretal Scarlett after her cute meet with Lockwood earlier in the show and later during the trio of 'Good Morning' alongside Lockwood (Almirall & Browne) and Cosmo (Jack Chambers) the audience couldn't get enough of the soon to be voice of Lamont.

Jack Chambers was brilliant as Cosmo; he was humorous and silly and when he sang 'Make em Laugh' the audience couldn't applaud any laughter than they were. Erika Heynatz had a hard job voicing Lina Lamont but she did it without trouble and had the audience behind her laughing along.

The performance featured dancers with umbrellas and real water as they sang 'Singin in the Rain', the dance steps were remarkable but if the performance wasn't 100% brilliant for you then you just had to look at the first three rows of audience members who took their ponchos off after half time. Fans couldn't help but laugh, it was a fun loving, sassy and show-stopping performance featuring 12,000 litres of recycled water.

Starring Grant Almirall & Rohan Browne a Don Lockwood, Gretal Scarlett as Kathy Selden, Erika Heynatz as Lina Lamont, Jack Chambers as Cosmo Brown, Robyn Arthur as Dora Bartley/ Miss Dinsmore, Mike Bishop as RK Simpson and Rodney Dobson as Roscoe Dexter.

Featuring all your favourite hits including ''Good Morning', 'Make 'em Laugh', 'Moses Supposes' and 'Singin' in the Rain'.

Don't miss your chance to see 'Singin' in the Rain' in Adelaide this December.

December 4th, 11th, 18th, 21st, 23rd at 1:00pm
December 3rd at 1:30pm
December 10th & 17th at 2:00pm
December 4th, 11th, 18th at 6:30pm
December 3rd, 6th, 13th, 20th at 7:00pm
December 1st, 2nd, 7th-10th, 14th-17th, 20th-21st at 7:30pm

Premium from $109.90
Splash Zone Premium from $109.90
A Reserve Adult from $89.90
B Reserve Adult from $79.90
C Reserve Adult from $69.90
A Reserve 4 Ticket Offer from $79.90
A Reserve Group 10 (per ticket) from $74.90

Tickets are available at the Adelaide Festival Centre website.
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Why? Musical Theatre
When: Dec 1st - 23rd
Where: Adelaide Festival Theatre
Cost: $74.90 - $109.90
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Great review, this is such a classic musical
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 1310 days ago
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