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I never thought I’d say this about a musical …
… but I have no negative things to say! I absolutely cannot fault it. At all.
Firstly, let’s talk about casting. Adam Garcia, as Don Lockwood, is the perfect leading man – good looking, lovely, talented and he does a really good job. He does funny really well, but he also has the chops to pull off the role. The guy sitting beside me commented that he could hear the flaws in Adam’s voice – I personally couldn’t find fault, so maybe that’s a personal thought or maybe goes back to the movie. I haven’t seen it so I have no comparisons to draw on.
Gretel Scarlett is memorizing as Kathy Seldon. Smart, sweet, funny and utterly charming. My favourite performance was that of Jack Chambers, as Cosmo Brown. Funny. Funny. Funny. He’s all character is based on being that loyal, klutz of a right hand man – and boy, he does a great job! Make Em Laugh had me in stitches. He also looked like he really enjoys the role – which I know he does – but that makes a big difference.
Actually, the whole cast appears to be enjoying themselves. And that’s what makes it. It’s that joy onstage which leaks into the audience. It’s just pure joy. I didn’t believe it when it was mentioned during the interviews – but the whole musical is made to make you smile and feel happy by the time you leave the theatre. It’s bliss.
The biggest surprise of the night was Erika Heynatz as Lina Lamont. Wow. Wow. Wow. If you have seen the show and you don’t think she stole the show – you weren’t watching the show closely enough! That accent. Those mannerisms. The look. Everything about it was right!
I’ve said this numerous times, that I love a musical with a lot of sets. Singin’ in the Rain doesn’t have this. In fact, I can’t remember too many set pieces bringing brought into the main stage set – but it didn’t seem to matter. In fact, I hardly noticed it – and am struggling to actually think of a time when I thought the stage was badly done. I did like the added addition of the lights during the Singin’ in the Rain number. This was something that I missed during the media call – but managed to capture during the performance. I thought it added a nice element of fun and whimsy.
Whimsy – there’s a good segway. That’s what the musical is. It takes you into a little musical, whimsical bubble. You’re taken into this world and you spend 2.5 hours there and come out wishing you could have stayed longer. It’s hard to explain without having been there – but I definitely understand what the hype is regarding Singin’ in the Rain.
I also think the huge dance numbers makes up for the lack of sets. Well, also that and the rain. There’s just something magical about having the water on the stage. Even if you’re not close enough to the front to be in the splash zone – but totally worth the extra money, just FYI, if you’re looking at buying tickets – you still feel this extra excitement and energy when the rain begins to fall. I especially enjoyed the movie within the musical moments. Just straight up fun and comedy! Although, the wig on Adam makes me laugh more than anything!
The storyline itself is not too complex. Perhaps if you’re a bit of a cynic, you could say that the relationship between Don and Kathy is based on nothing than that pure love-at-first-sight type thing – but isn’t that part of this magical world? True love exists, and you’ve just got to roll with it. Also – talk about a lot of kissing between Gretel and Adam on stage! I think 90% of the crowd was jealous of Gretel in those moments ha!
Can you tell I’m struggling to find words to write this? I am.
It’s hard to think of any other words than pure perfection and joy. But that’s what it is! I really truly thoroughly enjoyed every second of it! I cannot wait to see it again. Singing, dancing, costumes, performances, set, music, lighting – everything – just ten out of ten.
In one word: perfection.
Go see it!