As this musical’s name would suggest, there is singing and rain and the two collide beautifully.
Another critically-acclaimed production from London’s West End comes to Manila this August: the ever-popular musical SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. Co-Presented in Manila by VISA Entertainment, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN opens on August 20 and will play for a strictly limited season at The Theatre, Solaire.
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.
With so many delightful moments leading up to the show's iconic tune, there is never any doubt that it's going to be carried off in style - but Gene Kelly's song and dance routine from the 1952 film has such legendary status that reproducing it on stage is not without risk.
In the stage version, the movie’s choreography is brought to life, and, with the help of 12,000 litres of water, the audience can enjoy one of the most iconic dance routines live on stage.
Audience members sitting on the first 3 rows of the theatre will be in for a one-of-a-kind experience called “The Splash Zone”, and appropriately so: people will get treated to a generous amount of rain water from the show during some of the dance numbers. “You watch from the back of the stalls and at the interval, they’re all talking to each other like they’re comparing war wounds just to see who got the wettest. I’d say people really, really love it,” says resident rainmaker and technical director Richard Blacksell.
“We drop 12,000 litres of water in the show. So that’s 12 tons of water that we drop on them over the course of 2 numbers —- the first one being the iconic SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, as done by Gene Kelly, and they see it again in the finale because it would be such a shame not to,” explains Blacksell quite ecstatically. “We’re certainly, relatively, environmentally friendly,” he adds. “All of the water is UV-treated, sand-filtered, and chlorinated. Essentially, it’s the same machinery you would have in a swimming pool, except we’ve got it in the air.”
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 Philippine audiences. Here's a sample of what you could expect in the live musical show:
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In the Manila and Singapore presentation, Don Lockwood will be performed by Duane Alexander, who was part of the Original South African cast of CATS, performing the roles of Coricopat, Mungojerrie, and Skimbleshanks in many wonderful countries including Lebanon, Malaysia, South Korea, China, Scandinavia, Qatar, and Taipei. Musical star Bethany Dickson, who has recently wowed audiences across China, New Zealand and Singapore with her performance as Maria in The Sound of Music, returns to the stage as the aspiring actress Kathy Selden.
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.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is presented in Manila by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Concertus Manila, Michael Cassel Group, David Atkins Enterprises and Pieter Toerien Productions. It is produced by Stage Entertainment and Chichester Festival Theatre. Ticket prices start at P1,500. To reserve or buy tickets, call TicketWorld at 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.