I love MGM musicals, and I’m a bit of an Adam Cooper fan, so I was rather excited to be seeing Singin’ in the Rain this week. It’s an excellent production, with a strong ensemble and some great individual performances. Adam Cooper effortlessly carried off his role as suave, charismatic silent movie star Don Lockwood. Katherine Kingsley gave an equally impressive performance as his co-star Lina Lamont whose unfortunate New York accent puts her at threat from the imminent rise of the talkies. She has real comic talent and makes some astonishing sounds as the vocally challenged star.
Daniel Crossley gave a spirited performance as Don’s friend Cosmo Brown, while Scarlett Strallen had a real air of Debbie Reynolds about her as Don’s love interest Kathy Seldon. Cooper, Strallen and Crossley have great chemistry, as demonstrated in their brilliant rendition of ‘Good Morning’, and seem to be having as much fun as the audience.
Cooper’s ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ sequence was stunning, though it was hard to concentrate as my location at the front of the stalls meant that I was sporadically sprayed with water (those in front of me were soaked). The ensemble finale also resulted in a liberal dousing of the audience.
The musical is cleverly staged, and just the smooth-running of the show is a feat in itself – comprising as it does of stunts, perfectly-timed comic sketches, complex choreography and black and white footage. These all come together in a joyous romp of a musical; Singin’ in the Rain has all the charm of the film, and is the perfect show to raise your spirits.