Review by Malcolm Galloway
Ripon Operatic Society presents Singin’ in the Rain, Harrogate Theatre.
This legendary musical of the early 1950’s documents the transition in the film industry from the silent movie to the pioneering era of the talking picture.
Historically, this is an important musical which has fortunately survived because of the many well-known songs featured in it, including the title song.
The problems of producing a talking movie proved to be quite hilarious at times. The temperamental Lina (Michelle Rundle), had to talk into a microphone that was placed in a bush!
The song, Make ‘em laugh, was one of the most memorable moments in the show, sung by Cosmo Brown (Khalid Shahjahan). I liked Khalid’s red hat and his facial expressions. He certainly had a good rapport with the audience.
The romance was provided by Don (William Eley) and Kathy (Milly Downing). Their duet, You were meant for me, was quite stunning.
The instrumental introduction to this song was impressive and the smoke effects here worked well.
What made this production authentic was the inclusion of several scenes projected on to a screen that were in the style of the silent movies.
Katie Greenhalf of VWP Films had created these images that helped to make this show unique.
The choreography was good and the tap dance routines sparkled.
The band, directed by Phil Redding, set the whole show alive with a somewhat upbeat accompaniment.
The show was directed by Phill Ruddy who was also choreographer.
Singin in the Rain runs at Harrogate Theatre until Saturday, April 5.
For tickets, telephone 01423 502116 or visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk