Singin’ In The Rain (Palace Theatre)

Posted on February 19, 2012

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Now this is how you do a musical!

Here we have three leads who are all accomplished triple threats and a terrific dancing ensemble on a nice big stage. None of the ridiculous ‘name’ casting that’s been going on for too long. ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ is a good, old fashioned musical with great numbers, fun dance routines and a good story. This show is simply the way things should be.

 I don’t have to make polite excuses for any shortcomings, because there aren’t any to speak of.

Adam Cooper really takes his place as a leading man on the West End. He is charming, handsome and moves with such grace – perfectly cast as the film star Don Lockwood. He has a tough job standing out against what must be one of the best looking ensembles I’ve seen in a while, but Cooper really is a star.

Through a touch of serendipity ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ taps into the same feeling as the film ‘The Artist’ – and contains much of the same charm. Hopefully the people flocking to see that silent feel-good film, will take a seat to see this ‘all-singing, all-dancing’ feel-good musical.

Singin’ In The Rain‘ felt, not so much West End, as Broadway – and I mean that in a good way.

I thought this production was sheer perfection, from the cheerful yellow & blue facade (I got to get me one of those umbrellas) of the Palace Theatre to the sublime execution on stage. The filmed sequences were terrifically funny – Katherine Kingsley is really the life of the show, her performance gives the greatest laughs and she has a body to die for. Daniel Crossley‘s Cosmo has oodles of charm and wit.

The best thing about ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ is that EVERYONE is performing at the top of their game. All the pieces fit. I don’t have to make polite excuses for any shortcomings, because there aren’t any to speak of.

This is an old fashioned musical in the best possible way.

Verdict: What can I say, this show makes me wet!

 

Posted in: Musical