Based on the classic 1952 film starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, Singin’ In The Rain has been a well-loved classic musical ever since. The show was last seen on stage in London at the Palace Theatre in 2012 but is now back making a splash at Sadlers Wells, playing until 5 September 2021.
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 Seldon fulfil her dream of stardom and capture Don’s heart along the way?
Adam Cooper returns to the show as Don Lockwood, having previously played the role, last time the show was in London. It is easy to see why he has been cast again as his performance was flawless. Strictly Come Dancing favourite Kevin Clifton plays Cosmo Brown perfectly, as do Charlotte Gooch as aspiring actress Kathy Seldon and Cavin Cornwall as film producer, RF Simpson.
The biggest surprise of the night though was just how good Steps star Faye Tozer was, as hilarious leading lady Lina Lamont. Her singing, dancing and American accident were all brilliant and she showed real talent which I wasn’t expecting (and I apologise for assuming the worst).
Andrew Wright’s high-energy choreography is exquisite and Simon Higlett’s set design (including over 6000 litres of water on stage every night) is phenomenal.
Singin’ in the Rain features the glorious MGM score including Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the legendary Singin’ in the Rain which closes the first half of the show with a truly spectacular splash!
Don’t miss Singin’ In The Rain for a gloriously uplifting night out.
Reviewed by West End Wilma