Singin’ in the Rain: The Musical… A real splash!

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Singin’ in the Rain is a stage show that has been on my must-see list for quite some time. But when my boyfriend and I were in London in March, it was unfortunately not on – because it was on tour.  So when it came to our local city, it was a no-brainer.  An all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza straight from London’s West End?  Yes please.

“I’ve a smile on my face!”

Singin’ in the Rain is one of my favourite ever films.  It’s relentlessly fun and upbeat, utterly timeless and never fails to lift the spirits.  So naturally the bar was very high – could a stage show live up to the standard of such a classic? Well, the answer to that is a great big YES!

For one thing, THERE WAS ACTUAL RAIN IN THE SHOW. You know, REAL WATER. FALLING. (Is my excitement coming across?) 12,000 litres of water is used per show, showering the stage as Don is “dancin’, and singin’ in the rain”. The water drains into a tank below the stage, being filtered for use again and again. It is so cleverly innovative how they have included the famous rainfall scene into the show, and resourcefully done too!

The water of course was a real highlight, but the show as a whole held it’s own without this grand spectacle.  World class performances, singing and dancing, mesmerised the audience – I completely lost myself in their world. For the two-and-a-half hours in the theatre, I was part of the 1950s – and if you ask me, that can only ever be a good thing.

When we stepped outside, it was raining – and for once I didn’t really mind the rain, as it was very apt! I would have re-enacted the main scene of the show and splashed about in puddles had I not been in stiletto-heeled shoes! x

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