I usually go along and see live theatre productions at the start of their run. However, I have only managed to see this one near the end of its Sydney season. The wait had been worthwhile, and I am glad to have seen it before it moves on to Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth. (It has already been to Melbourne).
The musical is based on the 1952 movie starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds.
The story is set in the roaring 20's and is about the Monumental Pictures movie production company making its first "talkie" film. (Up to then movies had were silent with no talking or singing in them.) It is a love story with singing, dancing, comedy, glitz and glamour.
The two main males in "Singin' in the Rain" are Grant Almirall and Jack Chambers. Grant plays the role of Don Lockwood, the movie star. Jack Chambers, who plays Cosmo Brown his good friend, was the very first winner of "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2008. These two men interact very well with each other on stage. They are great singers and dancers.
The ensemble is a very talented group of young dancers and singers. They bring the stage to life when they perform their very energetic dance moves.
The most enjoyable aspects of this Lunchbox, David Atkins, Michael Cassel and Teg Dainty production of "Singin' in the Rain" are the dancing, music and singing. These often replace dialogue and show the audience what is happening rather than being told.
There is plenty of singing throughout the show. The two songs I recognised were the theme song "Singin' in the Rain" and "Good Morning", which my wife says was used as basis for a corn flake ad.
The orchestra was perched above the stage and could be seen at various times throughout the musical. Even though small in number, they made a perfect big band sound reminiscent of the era. It would have been nice to have seen all the band during a few of the songs they played.
"Singin' in the Rain"Now Playing at the Lyric Theatre at the Star in Sydney.