16 September to 5 October 2014
Reviewed by Rachael Ives
Being a huge fan of the hit musical comedy Singin’ in the Rain I had mixed feelings on attending the stage production at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. Would it live up to the famous screen musical and outstanding performances? And anticipation on how they would visualise huge numbers such as the sequence Broadway Ballet.
The story covers the introduction of the talkies in the 1920’s, the film studios transition to sound and the demise of some of the current Hollywood stars during this change.
The production does not disappoint. The set although it appears simple and sometimes drab is transformed and lifted throughout the show with sophisticated lighting effects. During the iconic Singing in the Rain number performed charismatically by James Leece the floor lights up giving it a modern look.
Vicky Binns (Molly Compton, Coronation Street) in the loud dim witted role of Lina Lamont had audiences laughing throughout the show especially during the filming of her first screen talking moment. My personal star was Stephane Anelli as the funny and charming Cosmo Brown. A fantastic all round performer. He and the cast did an exceptional job at performing Make ‘em Laugh with slapstick timing and clever use of stage props. Amy Ellen Richardson was delightful in her performance of Kathy Selden.
The show ends on a fantastic reprise of Singing in the Rain with the whole cast. Beware if you are in the first few rows as you will get wet!
An ultimate feel good show which left the audience humming their favourite tunes as they left the theatre.
An amazing show.
Tickets cost from £15 to £45 (plus 7.5% booking fee)
Singin’ in the Rain is at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton until 5 October 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 02380 711811.
Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE | 02380 711811