Singing in the Rain Launches in Melbourne
The World Loves Melbourne attended the red carpet opening night of splash-hit West End stage production SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre, and we absolutely loved the performance.
Singin' in the Rain was like nostalgia coming alive with a high intensity show set in an era of chic. The World Loves Melbourne enjoyed the red carpet action with Bert and Patti Newton, Todd Woodbridge with son Beau (pictured below bottom), Dave Hughes, Sami Lukis (pictured below top) and Cosentino among the celebs.
The season in Melbourne will be followed by a season from July at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, from September at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane and from December at Adelaide Festival Theatre and Crown Theatre Perth. The show is sure to captivate the whole of Australia!
Singin' in the Rain is not just about one song; as great as the song is we love the other songs of the show that featured in the movie. This musical is full of highlights from start to finish and highly entertaining.
We felt this was a perfect show for Melbourne in its style and brilliant capturing of a golden era of Hollywood. The patrons were buzzing on red carpet night; with regular applause after stunning scenes and much laughter with the show full of humour.
Making a splash from the moment it premiered, this sensational production of Singin’ in the Rain extended its run in Chichester UK due to unprecedented public demand, before transferring to the famous Palace Theatre in London. Now, after a sell-out West End season, unparalleled praise from critics and audiences alike, four Olivier Award nominations, and a major UK tour, Singin’ in the Rain is set to delight Australian audiences.
Star of stage and screen Adam Garcia was superb in the lead role of Don Lockwood in this production, marking his return to the Australian stage, not having performed in a musical here since 1992 in Hot Shoe Shuffle. Adam most recently graced Australian TV screens as a judge on popular program Dancing with the Stars and in the UK as judge on Got to Dance. His incredible dance ability was first recognised when he was cast alongside David Atkins in his original production of Hot Shoe Shuffle in Australia and the UK. Adam was also a founding member of the hugely successful tap group Tap Dogs with Dein Perry.
Since then the multi-talented performer has gone on to achieve international success starring in West End stage productions including Saturday Night Fever, Wicked and Kiss Me Kate winning him critical acclaim and also two Olivier Award nominations and most recently in Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale starring alongside Dame Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh. He has also starred in Hollywood blockbusters Coyote Ugly and Riding in Cars with Boys.
This spectacular show is packed full of the charm, romance, comedy and tinseltown glamour of one of the world’s best-loved movies (one of our favourite movies of all time). It tells the story of the first Hollywood musical, when the silver screen found its voice and left silent movies – and some of its stars – behind.
The dance scenes are fabulous; with Adam phenomenal in his rendition of Singin' in the Rain, while in the rain! The advent of rain in the theatre was breath taking and "next level" in terms of musicals in Melbourne.
All we can say is the live rain used on stage was "magical" - with 12,000L of water used through the performance and the first three rows are classified as the splash-zone!
As well as glorious songs including Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the classic Singin’ in the Rain, the movie’s choreography is brought to life, and with the help of 12,000 litres of water, the audience can enjoy one of the most iconic dance routines live on stage.
With its joyous story and sumptuous set design and costumes, Singin’ in the Rain showers you with everything you could wish for in a hit musical!
★★★★★ “A night of sheer delight. The perfect pick-me-up” Daily Telegraph (UK)
★★★★★ “A splash hit! Take cover as the cast kick up a storm” Daily Express
★★★★“Jonathan Church’s production has feel-good factor galore” Daily Mail
★★★★“Exhilarating… with infectious brolly-twirling glee” Evening Standard