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Singin’ In the Rain

Singin’ In the Rain

Musical


Writers:
  • hollywood
  • film
  • movies
  • dance
  • celebrity
  • talkies
  • acting
  • stardom
  • love


Overview


Synopsis

Movie musical Singin’ in the Rain, beloved since the moment it premiered, earned the top stop atop AFI’s 100 Years of Musicals list and, in 2007, was ranked as the fifth greatest motion picture of all time. Now adapted for the stage, Singin in the Rain “pours” down delight, capturing the waning days of the silent screen era as they give way to new-fangled “talkies.” With The Jazz Singer premiere 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 the silent Duelling 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 something like nails on a chalkboard. 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. Singing in the Rain includes some of the best-loved comedy routines, dance numbers and love songs ever written, including “Good Mornin’”, “Make ‘em Laugh” and - of course - the showstopping dance number, “Singin’ in the Rain.”


Characters

Male

Lead

Baritone

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano

Male

Supporting

Tenor



Show Information

Lyrics:
Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1983
Genres
Comedy, Romance
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
hollywood, california, 1927
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
Heavy
Ideal For
professional theater, high school, university, large cast, versatile ensemble
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, late teen, young adult, mature adult, child, early teen characters
Tags:
  • hollywood
  • film
  • movies
  • dance
  • celebrity
  • talkies
  • acting
  • stardom
  • love

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