If I had to have a musical spirit guide, Gene Kelly would have to be my musical angel. Since my kidlet days, I have been fascinated with all musicals he starred in, from Anchors Away to Xanado (yes, he is in there, google it!), but none more so than the iconic Singin’ In The Rain.
So it was with child-like glee that I took my seat on Sunday, 13 December 2015, to live out a dream of seeing this musical come to life… and it was AMAZING! My initial thought was that it was a good move not to sit in the splash zone (rows A – C), but on second thought I want to go see this production again and that is exactly where I want to sit. I want to be front row with every note, tap and splash hitting me in the face and vibrating through my heart.
This show truly proves that live theatre is the real, original, 3D experience!
Although the cast could perhaps have been a bit more diverse, they are very talented, triple threats all around no doubt. The on-stage chemistry between Grant Almirall as Don Lockwood (played by Gene Kelly in the original movie) and Bethany Dickson as Kathy Selden is so lightning electric that it may actually be what powers the rain storm that showers down on the Artscape Opera House Stage with spectacular effect and to roaring applause.
The quirky style Steven van Wyk brings to the character of Cosmo Brown however makes him my cast favourite in this production. It is sheer musical delight to watch his antics on stage. I’m pretty sure Donald O'Connor (the original Cosmo) would approve of the charm Van Wyk brings to his character.
Then one must simply pause to exclaim “All Hail Lina Lamont!”. Taryn-Lee Hudson is absolutely genius as the screechy Lamont in the way she becomes this larger-than-life diva. It takes great talent to play such an untalented persona. She definitely takes the cake, or in this case rather the pie!
This Pieter Toerien presented Singin’ in the Rain has it all, the amazing tap-tacular dance scenes, the hit musical numbers, breath-taking staging, amazing costumes… and then the water, oh my, the magical water!
This is screen-to-stage done the right way, PERFECTION. Grab your tap shoes and get yourself to the Artscape Theatre for the must-see musical extravaganza of the year.
Singin’ in the Rain runs until 10 January 2016 at the Artscape Theatre. Tickets are available at Computicket and range from R100 to R550.