Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
Get your umbrellas, because it’s raining at NSMT!
1920s Hollywood is the setting for SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, a zany, light-hearted romantic comedy about the early days of sound film, when many a movie studio found itself scrambling to salvage the career of its chipmunk-voiced silent picture star. The MGM classic has been faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay. The score is packed with brilliant dance numbers and superb tunes including “Make ‘em Laugh,” “Moses Supposes,” “Good Mornin’,” “You Are My Lucky Star,” and the title song, “Singin’ in the Rain.”
The story tells the tale of silent film superstar Don Lockwood (Mark Evans) who worked his way up in show business with his childhood best friend Cosmo Brown (Sean McGibbons). Don’s leading lady, Lina Lamont (Emily Stockdale), is a shallow actress with an annoying voice. While trying to elude his fans, Don meets Kathy Seldon (Tessa Grady) and falls in love with her. When the talkies come to the big screen, Lockood and Cosmo begin using Kathy to dub for Lina’s voice which leads to a lot of screwball mishaps.
The most memorable part of the show is the rain which falls on the stage, although I thought Evan’s performance was a little lackluster. I wish he had a little more fun with the splish-splashing, but it was still my favorite scene.
Brown was great as best friend, Cosmo. I do wish Grady was used a little more. But as for the shows leads, they were all almost flawless making it an enjoyable show to watch. Stockdale was perfectly funny as the squawky-voiced movie queen.
As always, it is a wonderful treat to see NSMT favorite David Coffee back on the stage as Roscoe Dexter.
The entire cast was strong and their vocals were amazing.
NSMT’s product is the perfect ode to the classical Hollywood musical and should not be missed!
Running Time: 2hrs, 30mins with a 15 min Intermission
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN performances are now through September 4th. For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA.