Words by Tania Jezukaitis
The much anticipated Singin’ in the Rain, based on the 1950’s film, finally hits Adelaide after successful seasons in the West End and Broadway. This toe tapping, all dancing spectacular will leave you feeling uplifted and all your senses sated.
Choreography by Andrew Wright is spectacular and complements the 1920’s costuming from seductive flapper dresses to Gatsby inspired knitted vests and overcoats for men. The authenticity of this era is also captured with meticulous hair, makeup and set design.
There is very little to fault with this production and after 2 hours and 40 minutes you are still craving for more. The highlight of the night was the rendition of Singin’ in the Rain replete with a man made rain shower and specially designed floor to allow for drainage and dancing on the not so “slippery when wet” surface. If you manage to score seats in the first three rows be prepared with your rainy ponchos as Don Lockwood [performed by Rohan Browne] manages to kick up a storm! Great performances also by Gretel Scarlett playing Kathy Selden, Don’s love interest and Erika Heynatz as Lina Lamont, the silent movie star with the squeaky voice. Jack Chalmers also deserves a special mention for his outstanding performance as Cosmo Brown, Don’s right hand man. Not only was his acrobatic performance sublime but his comic timing stole the show. Jack was crowned the first So You Think You Can dance winner in 2008 and has obviously continued onto greater things and further developed his talents in New York City.
This is a must see show and will definitely get everyone in the holiday spirit.