‘Singin in the Rain’ (Edinburgh Festival Theatre) | Review by Alison Jeni Frater

Singin’ in the Rain has landed with a splash at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre this week. After it’s run at London’s Sadler’s Wells, Singin’ in the Rain has embarked on a UK tour. The 1952 classic film starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds is to die for and possibly one of my favourite films. I have seen the stage show before when it was last in Edinburgh 8 years ago so I am beyond excited to experience the show again. 

Singin’ in the Rain features Don Lockwood a Hollywood silent movie actor who is at the top of his game but after talkies become the new age of cinema Don and his co-star Lina Lamont’s first talkie is a flop but Kathy Selden. Don’s love interest comes to save the film.  

Sam Lips is the perfect Don Lockwood and the perfect leading man. He has a glorious voice and was incredibly charming to watch. The fluidity in his movement was mesmerising, each turn was controlled effortlessly. His version of Don was very likeable and he brought so much energy to every single moment that he was on stage. Listening to him sing the title song of the show ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ was fantastic and watching him perform alone in the rain had me grinning from ear to ear.  

Charlotte Gooch was magnificent as Kathy Selden. Her voice was angelic and she executed every piece of choreography wonderfully. Watching her perform was truly spectacular. I was left wanting more every time she left the stage. Her first musical number ‘All I do is Dream of You’ was terrific and she led the rest of her female ensemble brilliantly.  

Ross McLaren stole the show as Cosmo Brown.  McLaren had such an infectious energy from the moment he stepped on stage and that did not waiver for one moment during the course of the show. He left the audience in fits of giggles after comedic lines and pulling funny facial expressions. We also have to mention his incredible performance of ‘Make Em Laugh’ which was full of laughs and some extraordinary choreography.  

Faye Tozer really brought Lina Lamont to life in this production. She really committed to the character and she gave a wonderful performance. Her comedic timing and delivery was spot on. Her accent was perfect for the character and each line had me in stitches.  

Dale Rapley gave a good performance as R. F Simpson. He was authoritative and commanding as the film studio owner and he brought him to life.  

Michael Matus was fantastic as director Roscoe Dexter. Matus did well to pull out the high-strung nature of this character. He was very likeable and was also very funny.   

Imogen Brooke gave a lovely performance as Zelda Zanders. The friendship she had with Lina’s character was nice to watch. 

Two honourable mentions have to be made for both Alastair Crosswell and Harriet Samuel- Gray who play the Dialect Coach and Broadway Melody Girl respectively. Their performances were both stand out in the show. Alastair was really fun to watch during ‘Moses Supposes’ and drew the audience in with his charm. Harriet gave a gorgeous sultry performance in ‘Ballet (Part 1 and 2)’.  She was captivating and I could not take my eyes off her.  

The ensemble was very strong in this show, each and every one of them demanded the audience’s attention. They moved as a unit and never missed a beat in the choreography. The ensemble for this performance were as follows: Briana Craig, Lavina Fitzpatrick, Ryan Gover, Ashleigh Graham, Thomas Inge, Joshua Lovell, George Lyons, Amonik Melaco, Ashleigh Morris, Molly Rees Howe, Heather Scott-Martin, Megan Speirs and Ellie May-Wilson.  

You can’t see Singin’ in the Rain and not talk about the choreography. With those of you who are familiar with the film we know it is legendary but this production Andrew Wright’s choreography held its own. Every musical number was a delight to enjoy. Each cast member was in complete synchronicity with each other and every step was graceful and oozed elegance.  

Jonathan Chruch’s direction was phenomenal, I really felt transported back to the golden age of Hollywood cinema. The scene transitions were seamless.  The production from beginning to end had spectacle to it. From the projector showing us Don and Lina’s silent movies to the rain literally pouring onto the stage.  

Simon Higlett’s set and costumes were utterly jaw dropping. The glittering dresses and fur shawls really took you back to the golden age of Hollywood and his set was a replica of sound stage which was then transformed into a number of different places such as the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and an office inside the sound stage.  

Singin’ in the Rain put plainly is true theatre magic. This show will be loved by audiences of every age. This show is a classic and certainly should not be missed. It may even leave you wanting to go dancing and sing in the rain the next time it pours.  

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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