Last night I spend a glorious what felt like 5 minutes back in 1952, reliving the golden days of Hollywood without the drama. Just glorious singing, spectacular dancing, stunning leading men and ladies and a lot of water. When I knew the Singing In The Rain Uk Tour was coming to Opera House Manchester a year ago, I realised this was a golden oldie I had never seen!
I know, how on earth do you get to 49 and not have seen Singing in the Rain? Especially as it was voted in the top 20 of all movies ever made. Anyhow I quickly remedied this and instantly fell in love with vintage Hollywood, Don, Cathy, Cosmo and even Lina Lamont. Of course the songs are all classics, you know them without watching the movie. It also made sense of the Great Hollywood Ride at Hollywood Studios. ( If you are a Disney fan you will get that.)
Singing In The Rain 2022 Tour, Manchester
What Is Singing In The Rain About?
When the golden era of silent movies comes to an end, R.F Simpson (Dale Rapley) knows he needs to make speaking movies to keep up with the times and save Monumental Pictures.
The problem is the Hollywood sweetheart and leading lady Lina Lamont (Jenny Gaynor) doesn’t have a voice for screen. To save their latest production Hollywood star and onscreen parter of Lina, Don Lockwood (Adam Cooper) and his producer pal Cosmo Brown (Ross McLaren) convince R.F the only way forward is to dub over Lina’s voice and add make the movie a musical.
The perfect choice for this voice swap is Kathy Seldon (Charlotte Gooch), a girl Don meets by chance on an evening walk and instantly falls for, but Lina detests. However she is less that impressed with his Hollywood charm.
There are no words other than spectacular. Singing In The Rain is simply glorious, it takes you back to a golden era. But feels fresh and wonderful, yet not over modern. The nostalgia is lovingly honoured and celebrated to make the show feel like a warm hug, nod to the past but also a celebration of todays incredible talent we have in British Theatre.
The whole production was glorious, the set, lighting and effects told the story perfectly and were a wonderful addition the extraordinary choreography. And the cast told the story as if it were a Hollywood Movie, that’s almost what it felt like, a huge production on a grand scale that made you feel like you were watching an old movie. In my humble opinion that’s difficult to get right, but Singing In The Rain is an example of how it should be done.
And the rain? The big number, Singing In The Rain was spectacular. It could have appeared gimmicky but oh my it didn’t, it was uplifting and joyous, making you feel like you were there on set in 1952. You could feel the joy throughout the theatre it was incredible.
Would I Recommend The Show
OMG YES! But make sure you take the whole family. The theatre was packed and so mixed. Some families spanned across 3 generations is was gorgeous to watch grandmas singing along with grandchildren and everyone left smiling. I watched a teen come in with a grumpy face and she was cheering to every song by half time. I would go every night to watch it if I could.
Where Can I See Singing In The Rain?
Singing in the Rain is on at the Opera House Manchester until the 14th May, get tickets here.
Then showing at…..
- Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Mon 16 May – Sat 21 May 2022.
- Liverpool Empire, Mon 20 Jun – Sat 25 Jun 2022.
- New Wimbledon Theatre, Mon 27 Jun – Sat 2 Jul 2022.
- King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Mon 8 Aug – Sat 13 Aug 2022.
I was gifted tickets in return for a honest review and you can’t argue with a bit of old school Hollywood magic. Check out more Manchester Theatre Reviews.