Singin’ In The Rain
RNCM Young Company
Friday 28 April 7.30pm
Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. Music Published by EMI, all rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Caroline Clegg director
Josh Barnett assistant director
Alex Robinson musical director
Mariyka Bolubasz choreographer
The Gene Kelly classic Singin’ in the Rain earned the top spot in the AFI’s 100 Years of Musicals list and, in 2007, was ranked as the fifth greatest motion picture of all time. Adapted for the stage in 1983, this delightful musical captures the waning days of the silent screen era as they give way to new-fangled talkies. With The Jazz Singer première making Hollywood frantic, the studios are forced to suddenly change all the movie-making rules at once, to accommodate sound. In doing so, they leave silent pictures – and some of their stars – behind. When Monumental Studios turns silent The Dueling Cavalier into The Dancing Cavalier, a musical picture, in order to stay relevant, they are faced with a problem: their star, Lina Lamont can’t sing, and can’t even really talk. Lina’s voice sounds like nails on a blackboard. Enter Kathy Selden, an aspiring actress whose dulcet tones are able to cover Lina Lamont’s, calling into question what it means to act, how credit is distributed, and what it means to get a fair shake in the movie business.
With its brilliant choreography and iconic songs, Singin’ in the Rain is the perfect showcase for our musical theatre group, RNCM Young Company. It includes some of the best-loved comedy routines, dance numbers, and love songs ever written, including Good Mornin’, Make ‘em Laugh, and the showstopping dance number, Singin’ in the Rain.
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe). All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe.