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Adam Garcia, Gretel Scarlett, and Jack Chambers are a monumental trio in this broadway classic. If you are nervous about whether any performer could possibly meet the standard set by Gene Kelly in the original film, you can tuck your nerves into your raincoat pocket and be prepared to be dazzled.
Garcia has got the moves and the vocals to match. Chambers steals the show in many scenes, with epic sidekick slapstick as Cosmo Brown: strong vocals, an impeccable American accent and spiffy dance moves that will get your own toes tapping. Scarlett steps out of a dream; the epitome of beauty and grace throughout the performance as Kathy Selden. Erika Heynatz is a choice bit of calico as Lina Lamont, Rodney Dobson as Roscoe Dexter and Mike Bishop as RF Simpson are the bee's knees, providing strong vocals and satisfying acting in their support roles.
Moses Supposes and the reprise of the same becomes a bit tedious in the first act, before the spectacular first act finales of Good Mornin' and Singin' in the Rain. The only other disappointment was the lamppost scene. This absolutely classic scene is set on the very far right of the stage, and is obstructed from view if you are seated on the far right; so when you are booking tickets, I recommend avoiding seats lower than eight or nine, on any level, for the best view of the lamppost scene.
The "splash zone" will not disappoint; guests in the first five rows are provided with raincoats to protect them from the off spray of the 12,000 litres of recycled water that pour down during the most famous live dance scenes of all times.
Singin' In The Rain playing at Her Majesty's Theatre for 8 weeks. Followed by seasons in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Tickets on sale from: www.singin.com.au or ticketek.com.