We caught Singin’ in the Rain last Friday and were absolutely soaked by the energy of the singing and dancing. Set in 1927 in the waning days of silent movies, it tells the story of the first Hollywood musical, when ‘talkies’ became all the rage and left silent movies – and some of its stars – behind.
I have not seen the iconic 1952 MGM movie starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds but I certainly know some of the songs from the movie. And what a treat it is for Singapore audiences to get a chance to watch Singin’ in the Rain after a sell-out West End season in 2012, four Olivier Award nominations, and a major UK tour.
Singin’ in the Rain tells the story of popular romantic lead, Don Lockwood. His leading lady, Lina Lamont, is beautiful but has an annoyingly screechy and nasal voice. When talkies start becoming popular and silent movies fall out of favour, Don and his sidekick, Cosmo Brown, have to figure out a way to cash in on the talkies without letting Lina’s grating voice ruin them all. Don falls in love with aspiring actress, Kathy Selden, and she provides the solution to their problems.
There’s lots of singing and dancing to keep things lively and plenty of comic relief as well. Each time Lina Lamont opened her mouth to speak, she got the people in the audience in stitches and received lots of applause for her efforts during the curtain call. I loved the songs Good Morning, Moses Supposes and, of course, the classic Singin’ in the Rain.
Without a doubt, my favourite scenes were the ones where it rained! Using 12,000 litres of water, Don Lockwood literally sings in the rain and the audience in the first four or five rows of the theatre leave a little wetter than when they arrived! Not to worry, they get ponchos to shield themselves and the rest of the audience get a kick out of watching them scramble to put the ponchos on. What an unforgettable experience for everyone!
TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION
SEASON: 9 to 26 July 2015
VENUE: MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Tue – Fri 8pm; Sat: 2pm and 8pm Sun: 1pm and 6.30pm
TICKET PRICE: From $65 through to $195
THROUGH INTERNET: www.BASEentertainmentasia.com, www.MarinaBaySands.com/Ticketing or www.sistic.com.sg
BY PHONE: +65 6688 8826
IN PERSON AT: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby).
Disclaimer: We received two complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from Base Entertainment.