MATUNUCK — The abundance of outside rain we've had these last few weeks may be getting tiresome but the audience at Theatre By The Sea Friday couldn't get enough of the inside showers during opening night of "Singin’ in the Rain," the fabulous, high energy musical now on stage through July 7 at Theatre By The Sea. And if you need a little something to lift you up out of the rainy day blues, I suggest you snap up a ticket or two before they're all gone. With the fabulous, fun, top-notch performances in this marvelous musical, I won't be surprised if it sells out soon.
As fans of the movie are well aware, "Singin’ in the Rain," often called the "greatest movie musical of all time," was a classic 1952 MGM film that starred Gene Kelly as debonair leading man Don Lockwood, Doris Day as his love interest, Kathy Selden, Donald O'Connor as his best pal Cosmo Brown, and Jean Hagen as the squeaky-voiced Lina Lamont, his on screen romantic partner. The film also featured a brief appearance by the great Rita Moreno who played Lina's pal, Zelda Zanders.
Theatre By The Sea's version features the tremendously talented Tim Falter as Don Lockwood (who, once performed the role for Debbie Reynolds;) a winning Allsun O’Malley (making her Theatre By The Sea debut) in the role of Kathy Selden; a superb Sean McGibbon as Cosmo Brown and Mychal Phillips as Lina Lamont.
The story takes place at the tail end of the silent film era as the talkies are beginning to take hold and silent film stars Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, silent film stars are, on screen are a romantic pair with flocks of fans.
In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item but, behind the scenes, things aren't always as they appear on the big screen! Meanwhile, Lina's squeaky voice might be the end of her career in "talking pictures" without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards including “Make 'Em Laugh,” “Lucky Star,” “You Were Meant For Me,” “Broadway Melody,” and “Good Morning,” make Singin' in the Rain the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.
"Singin' in the Rain" is directed and choreographed by Kelli Barclay, whose New York City credits include Himself and Nora, Pipe Dream, City Center's 20 Years of Encores, Camelot in Concert and The Oscar Hammerstein Awards Saluting Carol Channing
Musical direction by Milton Granger,
Assistant director and choreographer Kelly Gleason,
Curt Denham, plays R.F. Simpson,
Mychal Phillips as Lina Lamont,
TBTS Associate Director, Thom Warren, who was nominated for a BroadwayWorld Award for his portrayal of Maurice in TBTS’s Beauty and the Beast (2017) in the role of Roscoe Dexter.
Ellen Peterson, returns in the dual roles of Dora Bailey and Ms. Dinsmore.
Rounding out the cast are Maggie Bergman, Madi Beumee, Victoria Biro, Connor Coughlin, Craig First, Elizabeth Flanagan, Jason Haggerty, Gabriel Kearns, Natalie Livingston, Anthony Martinez, Liam McCarthy, Mallory Noltin, Kate Rocchio, James Shultz, Michael Skrzek, Joey Simon and Kaylee Verble.
The creative team includes resident scenic designer Kyle Dixon and resident lighting designer Jose Santiago, along with David Cabral (Costume Coordinator), Joanna Lynne Staub (Sound Design), Meg Kane (Wig and Hair Design),
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