A few weeks ago I was invited to go and watch Singin' in the Rain at the Palace Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, and as a big theatre fan I jumped at the chance. I'd only ever seen parts of the film and on leaving the show I wanted to sit down and watch it all over again. The stage show was so seamless, the cast were incredible and some of the numbers were really complicated and I was in awe at how effortlessly the cast performed them.
The story itself is a Hollywood classic depicting the start of 'the talkies', set in 1927. One studio's on-screen golden couple, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, have their upcoming movie changed into a musical and Lina's voice just isn't up to the job so she's dubbed by aspiring actress Kathy Seldon who also becomes Don's love interest. It's such a funny story and the characters in this production are better than I could have even imagined. From Lina's ridiculous voice to Cosmo Brown's comedic numbers, they keep you wanting more and more.
Perhaps the most exciting parts of the show are the scenes with rain though, and they've actually managed to recreate the rain inside the theatre. It's amazing to watch... and for those in the front rows, a multi-sensory experience. Let's just say, plastic ponchos are a must.
You can find out more about the show at the Singin' in the Rain website. Let me know if you've been or are planning to by leaving a comment.