Singin' in the Rain, Melbourne.

 

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The other night I attended the red-carpet premiere of Singin’ in the Rain at Her Majesty’s Theatre Melbourne, which also happened to be my first ever musical. Singin’ in the Rain is based on the iconic 1952 MGM movie of the same name starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds.

Singin’ in the Rain is set in 1927, it tells the story of the first Hollywood musical and the crossover from silent movies to the silver screen as we know it today. It follows the experience during this time of Don Lockwood (played by Adam Garcia), a silent movie star with fame, adulation and a faux Hollywood romance with his co-star Lina Lamont (Played by Erika Heynatz) who’s comical ear piercing voice is one to be taken in small doses.

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Adam Garcia


The show was surprisingly funny with lots of humour throughout, particularly from Don Lockwood’s sidekick Cosmo Brown (played by Jack Chambers) who was my favourite character in the musical. The big finale was the “Singing in the Rain” scene from the 1952 film, a moment that all who know the original waited for. With the help of 12,000 litres of recycled water, the audience in the first three rows enjoyed an evening shower with one of the most famous dance scenes seen on stage. To achieve the famous “Singing in the Rain” scene, the production used over 800 metres of flexible pipe work, a 9000kg water tank and a water system that created a downpour from above as well as flooding from below the stage. My only question, was all this water cold or was it heated? Upon a little more research, I learned that it was heated to 30 degrees Celsius, luckily for Adam Garcia!

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Jack Chambers


The stage set was very impressive and well put together, with quick changes in-between scenes which completely transformed the show. My personal favourite aspect and stand-out of the musical were the costumes, mainly the male talents due to my love of menswear. Being based in 1927, tailored clothing wasn’t just a huge part of the wealthy/Hollywood types, many men wore tailored garments such as pleated and wide set trousers, classic structured suiting, overcoats and waistcoats with options of sweaters, sweater vests and shirts all accessorized with hats (Trilbys, Fedoras and flat caps), ties, neckerchiefs and leather shoes. Seeing the performers dancing seamlessly without a rip in their costumes was a nod to the excellent skills of designer Simon Higlett.

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For my first musical it was a great experience and I would recommend to those who have yet to see one, to see “Singin’ in the Rain”.

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