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Singin' In The Rain

When:

Fri 24 Apr 2015, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 25 Apr 2015, 2:30pm–5:00pm
Sat 25 Apr 2015, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sun 26 Apr 2015, 1:00pm–3:30pm
Sun 26 Apr 2015, 6:00pm–8:30pm

Where: St James Theatre, 77-87 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: sandra roberts

The splash-hit West End stage production Singin’ In The Rain has been welcomed into Wellington with a thunderous reception!

Wellingtonians turned out in their droves have enjoyed the first previews of this iconic musical, making its international touring debut in New Zealand before heading off to territories throughout the world.

“The dancing was incredible,” beamed one fan. “Who would have imagined that it actually would have rained on stage at the St James,” said another. “I can see why it’s the world’s best musical. It has it all. While it’s a classic story, it’s told in a very modern way. This show has all the bells and whistles that you’d expect from a West End blockbuster and yet none of the romance of yesteryear has been lost.”

The show will have its gala opening on Friday, attended by a who’s who of the city.

Singin’ In the Rain comes from the producers of Jersey Boys, The Sound of Music and Annie.

Making a splash from the moment it premiered, this sensational production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN extended its run at the Chichester Festival Theatre in the UK due to unprecedented public demand, before transferring to the famous Palace Theatre in London in 2012. Now, after a sell-out West End season, unparalleled praise from critics and audiences alike, four Olivier Award nominations, and a major UK tour, Singin’ In the Rain is set to delight New Zealand audiences.

Set in 1927, it tells the story, made famous by Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in the iconic 1952 MGM movie, of the first Hollywood musical, when the silver screen found its voice and left silent movies – and some of its stars – behind. Ironically, the St James theatre – opened in 1912 – was originally used to screen silent movies while The Civic in Auckland – opened in 1929 – was among the first venues to screen talkies.

This spectacular production is packed full of the charm, romance, comedy and Tinseltown glamour of one of the world’s best-loved movies and features all the songs from the glorious MGM score including Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the classic Singin’ in the Rain.

The movie’s iconic choreography is flawlessly recreated, and with the help of 12,000 litres of water, the audience can enjoy one of the most famous dance routines live on stage, with some leaving the theatre a little wetter than when they arrived!

To achieve the famous Singin’ In The Rain scene, the production uses half a mile of flexible pipe work, a 10 tonne water tank and a water system that creates a downpour from above as well as flooding from below the stage, in total ‘raining’ (and recycling) over 12,000 litres of water per performance.

Leading the cast of 27 is musical star Bethany Dickson, who took New Zealand by storm with her performance as Maria in The Sound of Music, and now returns to the stage as the aspiring actress Kathy Selden. Making his debut in New Zealand as the charming Don Lockwood, is Grant Almirall, a seasoned star of musicals who recently triumphed in the role of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys.

Don Lockwood is a silent movie star with everything he could want - fame, adulation and a well-publicised ‘romance’ with his co-star Lina Lamont. But Hollywood is about to change forever. There is rumour in the studio of a new kind of film, where the actors actually talk…and sing...and dance. Can Don and the uniquely voiced Lina make the transition and will chorus girl Kathy Selden fulfil her dream of stardom and capture Don’s heart along the way?

With high-energy choreography, sumptuous set design and costumes, a superb score and a joyous story, Singin’ In the Rain showers you with everything you could wish for in a hit musical.

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