REVIEW: Feel-good show Singin' In The Rain makes a big splash!

Leading cast members of Singin' In The Rain outside The Alhambra

Leading cast members of Singin' In The Rain outside The Alhambra

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Singin' In The Rain

The Alhambra

WANT to forget about the blues of the world? Like a bit of pezaz?

Then here is the show for you.

This touring production of Singin’ In The Rain is a Rolls-Royce production, full of verve, vim and glamour. It’s a toe tapping, finger clicking treat full of familiar tunes, in your face performances and stunning choreography.

Played out on a versatile multi-purpose set so beloved of modern shows, Jonathan Church’s production is a winner alright.

Backed by a first-class orchestra under John Donovan – with the musicians hidden from sight so the melodies have the impression of a film score – the action had the packed house on side from the first chord.

Singin’ In The Rain opens with a clever interpretation of the overture with action on stage by the slick and talented supporting company setting the mood for a night of escapism and fun.

James Leece is excellent in the Gene Kelly role of silent film heart-throb Don Lockwood and convincing in his own right – especially in the famous title number in which he enjoys threatening to soak the front row audience.

Stephane Mielu as his sidekick Cosmo Brown is superb too – a real comic Vaudevillian, energetic and stylish in his performance of the familiar score.

Amy Ellen Richardson’s unknown actress who becomes a star with the dawn of talking pictures is a sweet and likeable heroine with a voice to match.

Vicki Binns grabs the part of Lina Lomont with both hands. her portrayal of the silent movie star with the voice of a hoarse cockatoo is a peach, a real rib-tickler.

Dynasty star Maxwell Caulfield is excellent as studio boss and there’s a delightful cameo from PaulGronert as film director Roscoe Dexter.

So, if it’s a feel-good night out you’re after, get down to the Alhambra before Saturday, September 13.

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12:03pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Joedavid says...

Beware Alhambra is like RyanAir you pay more than the ticket price to get in with additional fees they add.
Beware Alhambra is like RyanAir you pay more than the ticket price to get in with additional fees they add. Joedavid
  • Score: -8

4:04pm Thu 4 Sep 14

ravacity says...

Joedavid wrote:
Beware Alhambra is like RyanAir you pay more than the ticket price to get in with additional fees they add.
but was the show any good
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Beware Alhambra is like RyanAir you pay more than the ticket price to get in with additional fees they add.[/p][/quote]but was the show any good ravacity
  • Score: 8

5:02pm Thu 4 Sep 14

ravacity says...

ravacity wrote:
Joedavid wrote:
Beware Alhambra is like RyanAir you pay more than the ticket price to get in with additional fees they add.
but was the show any good
booked 2 tickets for singing in the rain £3 booking fee,
booked 2 tickets for lee evans at leeds arena £10.90 booking fee, plus a charge of £2.50 to collect your tickets in person,
I don't like booking fees but your but your comparison to Ryanair is just odd
[quote][p][bold]ravacity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Beware Alhambra is like RyanAir you pay more than the ticket price to get in with additional fees they add.[/p][/quote]but was the show any good[/p][/quote]booked 2 tickets for singing in the rain £3 booking fee, booked 2 tickets for lee evans at leeds arena £10.90 booking fee, plus a charge of £2.50 to collect your tickets in person, I don't like booking fees but your but your comparison to Ryanair is just odd ravacity
  • Score: 7

5:14pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Joedavid says...

ravacity wrote:
ravacity wrote:
Joedavid wrote:
Beware Alhambra is like RyanAir you pay more than the ticket price to get in with additional fees they add.
but was the show any good
booked 2 tickets for singing in the rain £3 booking fee,
booked 2 tickets for lee evans at leeds arena £10.90 booking fee, plus a charge of £2.50 to collect your tickets in person,
I don't like booking fees but your but your comparison to Ryanair is just odd
I booked a RyanAir flight recently and when I had got to the end of the booking process it was a lot higher price than when I started with first fare.
[quote][p][bold]ravacity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ravacity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Beware Alhambra is like RyanAir you pay more than the ticket price to get in with additional fees they add.[/p][/quote]but was the show any good[/p][/quote]booked 2 tickets for singing in the rain £3 booking fee, booked 2 tickets for lee evans at leeds arena £10.90 booking fee, plus a charge of £2.50 to collect your tickets in person, I don't like booking fees but your but your comparison to Ryanair is just odd[/p][/quote]I booked a RyanAir flight recently and when I had got to the end of the booking process it was a lot higher price than when I started with first fare. Joedavid
  • Score: -6
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