Gene Kelly’s water-drenched tap-dancing sequence in Singin’ in the Rain (1952) is one of the most famous scenes in all of movies. To recreate the magic live on stage, 12,000 litres of water are required, along with a top-notch musical theatre star to play the Gene Kelly role.
The stage version of Singin’ in the Rain has been starring one-time Tap Dogs hoofer Adam Garcia in the Gene Kelly role of Don Lockwood, a silent-era film star navigating the transition to talkies along with his comedic co-star Cosmo Brown (Jack Chambers) and Gretel Scarlett as upcoming singer Kathy Selden.
Garcia is taking recuperation time having torn a calf muscle, so his role will be taken over for now by talented stars Grant Almirall and Rob Mallett. The show, as always, must go on!
Singin' in the Rain is packed with charm, romance, comedy and songs such as the title number, ‘All I Do Is Dream of You’, ‘Good Morning’ and ‘Make ’em Laugh’. For the ultimate rainy-day effect, secure a spot in the ‘Splash Zone’, where wearing rain ponchos is highly recommended.
The production, directed by Jonathan Church, is just one of many events at The Star this winter designed to get Sydneysiders to leave the couch and get out and about during the colder months.
And if you’re making a full evening of it then remember that all ticket holders are entitled to a 15 per cent discount at Harvest Buffet, the all-you-can eat buffet at The Star featuring top seafood, roasts, soups, Italian, Indian and Chinese food as well as a tempting range of desserts and cheeses.
The show opens on Thursday July 7 and plays through till Sunday September 11 – tickets are on sale now.