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WEST END PRODUCTION OF
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
WELLINGTON: ST JAMES THEATRE, 15 APRIL 2015
AUCKLAND: THE CIVIC, 1 MAY 2015
From the producers of Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, The Sound of Music and Annie, comes another critically acclaimed production from London’s West End – the ever-popular musical SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN.
Opening at the St James Theatre in Wellington on 15 April 2015, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN will play for a strictly limited season before moving to The Civic in Auckland where it will open on 1 May.
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.
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!
Presenter and CEO of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, James Cundall says, “This production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN was one of the hottest tickets in the West End during its run, and I’m sure it will generate the same buzz in Wellington and Auckland. I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to bring one of my favourite musicals to New Zealand audiences – this show is a winner because it sends people out of the theatre in the happiest of moods!”
Co-presenter Paul Dainty, Executive Chairman of Dainty Group, says, “SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is the most brilliant comedy about the film industry. Egomaniac stars, monstrous film moguls, fickle fans, classic ‘golden-era’ choreography and slapstick comedies are all brilliantly included. There are floods of laughter and a drenching of big, colourful and remarkable musical numbers.”
“ The movie SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is arguably the greatest Hollywood musical ever made because of the incredible range and complexity of its song and dance numbers,” says Michael Cassel, Co-Presenter and Managing Director Michael Cassel Group. “To see these performed live on a theatre stage is a breath-taking experience. The rain scene is just about everyone’s favourite screen musical moment – and on a theatre stage it is awesome and has to be seen to be believed!”
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 recently took New Zealand by storm with her performance as Maria in The Sound of Music, and now returns to the stage as the wannabe actress Kathy. 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.
“ A NIGHT OF SHEER DELIGHT. THE PERFECT PICK-ME-UP” Daily Telegraph
“ HUMMABLE TUNES, HIGH-OCTANE DANCING, LOTS OF RAIN” Financial Times
“ A SPLASH HIT! TAKE COVER AS THE CAST KICK UP A STORM” Daily Express
“ OH BOY, THIS IS AN ENJOYABLE EVENING WHICH, AT ITS BEST, SIMPLY SOARS” The Times
“ JONATHAN CHURCH’S PRODUCTION HAS FEEL-GOOD FACTOR GALORE” Daily Mail
“ EXHILARATING… WITH INFECTIOUS BROLLY-TWIRLING GLEE” Evening Standard
Note to Editors:
The movie SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN features songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, with original screenplay and adaptations by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
The stage production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film by special arrangement with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures, Inc. Music Published by EMI. Produced by arrangement with Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker Inc.
This production is directed by Jonathan Church, with Olivier Award nominated choreography by Andrew Wright; it is designed by Simon Higlett, with sound by Matt McKenzie and lighting by Tim Mitchell.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is presented in New Zealand by David Atkins Enterprises, Michael Cassel Group, Dainty Group and Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and is produced by Stage Entertainment and Chichester Festival Theatre.
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