|The Marque After the Show|
Duncan lifted his hands to the heavens and said, “Are we going to sing, now?”
I felt that same way.
The melodies from Singing in the Rain, the new show on Tottenham Court Road were still ringing in my head, one day later.
|The Marque by Day|
Pick up treats in a Tesco or confectionery outside of the theatre, add a drink to the mix, and then settle in for 2 or 3 hours of singing and dancing.
In the case of this show, there was a bag search going on at the door. Duncan was worried that the usher doing the checking might take our carefully purchased sweet treasures, but that fear didn’t materialize. Whatever the contraband they were looking for couldn’t be found in ours bags.
|... walk down this street to find treats ...|
This instance of musical theatre is modelled on the Gene Kelly / Debbie Reynolds / Donald O’Connor film from 1952, that classic where a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. The question that I have to ask myself is why will people go to see on the stage, what they have seen so many times on TV – either the whole movie, or that charming clip where Gene Kelly is dancing and singing in the rain. The tunes from the show and some of the sequences are part of our cultural heritage.
|... Box Office for Singing in the Rain ...|
... 18 seats only ... 25 pound tickets
Duncan and I will not give you any more spoilers than this one. The people in the front six rows are given plastic rain gear to wear. In the classic scene where dancing is done to Singing in the Rain, water pours down onto the stage. Then the dancing feet of Don Lockwood scoots the water off the stage and into the audience, horizontal streams of it to the left and then right – small droplet of water hanging in the air before they fall – all of us gasping and laughing and waiting for the next stream of water to shoot in another direction.
Now that special effect is something that television can’t do.
|Duncan & Don, Kathy and Cosmo ... Singing in the Rain|
And it wouldn’t take much of an invitation to have me join you.
One viewing of this show is not enough.
Thank you, Irving Berlin for such greats as “All I do is Dream of You”, “Make Em Laugh”, “You were Meant for Me”, “Good Morning”, “All I do is Dream of You”, “Moses”, and “You Are My Lucky Star”.