Is your mum sitting down? You might want to make sure she is, because we have news that's going to make a splash. With over 12,000 litres of recycled water, Adelaide audiences will enjoy a musical theatre performance like no other with London's West End stage production Singin' In The Rain.
Coming to Adelaide this December for a season at the Festival Theatre, the ever-popular musical boasts a suberb cast with the gorgeous Adam Garcia in the lead role as Don Lockwood. Debuting in May at Melbourne's Her Majesty's Theatre, the show will also visit Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
Based on the 1952 film of the same name starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, the musical has all the glamour, comedy and talent of the MGM production, as well as featuring all the songs of the original score, including ‘Good Morning’, ‘Make ‘em Laugh’, and the iconic ‘Singin’ in the Rain’. It's set in 1927 and tells a charming story that parodies the panic that accompanied the move from silent films to 'talkies' in Hollywood during the late 20s.
Directed by Jonathan Church, choreographed by Andrew Wright and designed by Simon Higlett with musical supervision from Robert Scott, Singin' In The Rain is bound to wow Australian theatre-goers just the same as it has audiences and critics overseas. The production extended its original run at the Chichester Festival Theatre in the UK due to popular demand and later moved to the Palace Theatre in London in 2012, receiving Four Olivier Award nominations, and setting off on a major world tour.
Having last taken the stage in Australia in 1992 with Hot Shoe Shuffle, Garcia is known for being a judge on Australian TV's Dancing With The Stars, and on the UK show Got To Dance, as well as being a founding member of the well-known tap group Tap Dogs. He's gained international success in the starring roles of West End stage productions such as Saturday Night Fever, Wicked and Kiss Me Kate, which saw him receive two Olivier Award nominations.
Co-starring with Garcia is Jack Chambers as the hilarious sidekick, Cosmo Brown. Chambers rose to fame in 2008 when he won Australia's first season of So You Think You Can Dance. He's since worked in New York as a choreographer at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School, and starred in the Australian production of Hairspray the Musical.
The role of aspiring singer Kathy Selden will be played by Gretel Scarlett of Grease, Wicked and Mamma Mia! Scarlett was a finalist in 2011’s ANZ Trustees Rob Guest Endowment Award, and recently released her debut album Hopelessly Devoted. The role of Don Lockwood's shallow leading lady will be played by Erika Heynatz of Legally Blonde and The Rocky Horror Show.
If you're unfamiliar with the story of Don and Kathy, be sure to settle in this winter with some hot chocolate and Grandma's VHS player. At any age, you'll be delighted by Singin' In The Rain and perhaps even inspired to witness West End bring what was coined 'MGM's Technicolor Musical Treasure' to wet and wonderous life.
Tickets are on sale now. For more information or to book, visit the website.
Header image via Adelaide Festival Centre.