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Singin' in the Rain (1983)

Compositeur: Nacio Herb Brown

Parolier: Arthur Freed

Librettiste: Adolph Green • Betty Comden

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités


Don Lockwood is a silent movies star with everything he could want - fame, adulation and even a well-publicised ‘romance’ with his co-star Lina Lamont. But Hollywood is about to change forever. There is rumour in the studio of a new kind of film, where the actors actually talk… and sing... and dance.

Synopsis complet


Historique du musical


Adapted from the 1952 movie of the same name, the plot closely adheres to the original.

Génèse du musical

Original London Production
The original West End production, directed by Tommy Steele and choreographed by Peter Gennaro, opened on June 30, 1983 at the London Palladium, where it ran until September 1985. The original cast included Steele as Don, Roy Castle as Cosmo, Danielle Carson as Kathy, and Sarah Payne as Lina and Julia. The original film's vocal score was embellished with additional tunes by Comden, Green, and Roger Edens, Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh, George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer and Richard Whiting, and Cole Porter.

Original Broadway Production
The musical opened on Broadway at the George Gershwin Theatre on July 2, 1985 and closed on May 18, 1986 after 367 performances and 38 previews. Directed and choreographed by Twyla Tharp, the scenic design was by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Ann Roth, and lighting design by Jennifer Tipton. The cast included Don Correia as Don, Mary D'Arcy as Kathy, Peter Slutsker as Cosmo, and Faye Grant as Lina. The musical was dramatically revamped.

1994 UK Tour
The 1983 London Palladium production was remounted in 1994 for an extensive tour of the United Kingdom. The new production, again directed by Steele, starred Paul Nicholas as Don, Shona Lindsay as Kathy, Tony Howes as Cosmo with Sarah Payne reprising her role as Lina from the original cast. Supporting cast included Matt Zimmerman and Mark Donovan.

2000 London Revival
A new production of the musical was staged at the Olivier Theatre (Royal National Theatre), from June 2, 2000 to July 20, 2000 and again from December 18, 2000 to January 27, 2001. This production was a transfer from the West Yorkshire production, which ran from December 1999 to February 2000. The cast featured Zoe Hart as Kathy, Rebecca Thornhill as Lina, and Paul Robinson as Don. The direction was by Jude Kelly, and choreography was by Stephen Mear. Thornhill received an Olivier Award nomination for her performance.

2004 Sadler's Wells Revival
The musical played at Sadler's Wells Theatre from July 29, 2004 to September 4, 2004, with direction by Paul Kerryson and choreography by Stephen Mear.

2012 London Revival
The show was revived at the 2011 Chichester Festival Theatre, starring Adam Cooper, Daniel Crossley and Scarlett Strallen. It was choreographed by Andrew Wright who was nominated for an Olivier Award and won the WhatsOnStage award for his work. The show received positive reviews, and then transferred to London's West End, at the Palace Theatre, where Cooper, Crossley and Strallen all reprised their roles. From 18th February 2013 the role of Kathy Selden will be played by Louise Bowden. The production closes on June the 8th, 2013.

2013 UK Tour
A UK tour shall follow the show closing on the West End starting on November 9 at the Manchester Opera House.



Liste des chansons

Act I
Fit as a Fiddle - Don Lockwood and Cosmo Brown
Beautiful Girl - Don Lockwood and Fans
I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin' - Kathy Selden and Coconut Grove Coquettes
Make 'Em Laugh - Cosmo Brown
Hubbub - Cosmo Brown and Studio Stage Hands
You Are My Lucky Star - Don Lockwood and Kathy Selden
Moses Supposes - Don Lockwood and Cosmo Brown
Good Mornin' - Don Lockwood, Kathy Selden and Cosmo Brown
Singin' in the Rain - Don Lockwood

Act II
Wedding of the Painted Doll - Selected Ensemble
Rag Doll - Selected Ensemble
Temptation - Selected Ensemble
Takin' Miss Mary to the Ball - Selected Ensemble
Love is Where You Find It - Ensemble
Would You? - Kathy Selden
Broadway Rhythm - Company
Blue Prelude - Company
Would You? (Reprise) - Kathy Selden
You Are My Lucky Star - Don Lockwood, Kathy Selden and Company
Singin' in the Rain (Reprise) - Company

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Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Singin' in the Rain

Version 1

Singin' in the Rain (1983-06-Palladium Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 2 ans 3 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : jeudi 30 juin 1983
Dernière : samedi 28 septembre 1985
Mise en scène : Tommy Steele
Chorégraphie : Peter Gennaro
Avec : Tommy Steele (Don Lockwood), Roy Castle (Cosmo Brown), Danielle Carson (Kathy Seiden), Sarah Payne (Lina Lamont), Matt Zimmerman (Roscoe Dexter), Joyce Carpenter (Miss Ginsmore), Kalman Glass, Shealagh Dennis
Commentaires :
Based on the MGM motio picture screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, this was the story of movie-making in the 1920s at the time when Hollywood switched from silents to talkies, re-created almost exactly as in the classic film and centred around the spectacular “Singin’ in the Rain” number. This was a great success at the Palladium and ran for over two years. Later cast changes included Bunny May as Cosmo Brown and Graham Hoadley as Roscoe.
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Version 2

Singin' in the Rain (1989-06-Palladium Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 4 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 164 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : jeudi 29 juin 1989
Dernière : samedi 18 novembre 1989
Mise en scène : Tommy Steele
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Tommy Steele (Don Lockwood), Bunny May {Cosmo Brown), Danielle Carson (Kathy Selden), Sarah Payne (Lina Lamont), Graham Hoad ley (Roscoe Dexter)
Commentaires :
This production had been on tour and had finished a long season at Manchester. It was due to play a 3 month season at the Palladium starring Tim Flavin, but Tim Flavin had an accident during rehearsals resulting in a fracture to his foot. Tommy Steele agreed to step in at the last moment. The original 13 weeks was extended due to the popularity of the show, but had to finish on November 18th because of other Palladium commitments.
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Version 3

Singin' in the Rain (2000-06-Olivier Theatre-NT-London) (Revival)
Durée : 4 semaines
Nombre : 37 représentations
Première Preview : lundi 19 juin 2000
Première : jeudi 22 juin 2000
Dernière : jeudi 20 juillet 2000
Mise en scène : Jude Kelly
Chorégraphie : Stephen Mear
Avec : Paul Robinson (Don Lockwood), Mark Channon (Cosmo Brown), Zoe Hart (Kathy Seiden), Rebecca Thornhill (Lina Lamont), Tony Timberlake (Roscoe Dexter), Saskia Butler, Sarah Cortez, Wain Douglas, Ross Finnie, Ben Garner, Elizabeth Cooper Gee, Steven Harris, David Lucas, Jane Mark, Annette McLaughlin, Richard O'Neal, Lee Payne, Joseph Pitcher, Suzanne Toase, Claire Winsper
Commentaires :
This was a visiting production from the West Yorkshire Playhouse, notable for the use of three screens and computer graphics for some of the filmed sequences, for the well-handled “rain” sequence, but, above all, for the much-praised choreography by Stephen Mear. The production returned to play the Christmas season at the Olivier with the same principal cast.
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Version 4

Singin' in the Rain (2000-12-Olivier Theatre-NT-London) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 42 représentations
Première Preview : lundi 18 décembre 2000
Première : lundi 18 décembre 2000
Dernière : samedi 27 janvier 2001
Mise en scène : Jude Kelly
Chorégraphie : Stephen Mear
Avec : Mark Shannon, Zoe Hart, Paul Robinson, Sarah Cortez, Wain Douglas, Steven Harris, Jane Mark, Adrian McLaughlin, Suzanne Toase, Tony Timberlake, Claire Winsper, Nikki Belsher, Paul Robinson, Kevin Bewis, Leigh Constantine, Elizabeth Cooper Gee, Kenny Linden, John Mark, Richard O'Neil, Lee Payne, Leroy Ricardo Jones, Paul Robinson, Spencer Stafford, Rachel Stanley, Rebecca Thorhill, Suzanne Toase, Ian Waller, Claire Winsper
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Version 5

Singin' in the Rain (2004-08-Sadler's Wells Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 29 juillet 2004
Première : mardi 03 août 2004
Dernière : samedi 04 septembre 2004
Mise en scène : Paul Kerryson
Chorégraphie : Adam Cooper
Avec : Cast: Adam Cooper (Don Lockwood), Simon Coulthard (Cosmo Brown), Josefina Gabrielle (Kathy Seiden), Ronni Ancona (Lina Lamont), Claude Close (Roscoe Dexter)
Commentaires :
This was planned for a five week run before transferring to the Leicester Haymarket Theatre. It received very mixed notices, especially for Adam Cooper (who had earlier been the great success of the Matthew Bourne version of “Swan Lake”. However, there was universal praise for Ronni Ancona, who stole the show as Lina Lamont.
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Version 6

Singin' in the Rain (2012-02-Palace Theatre-London) (Revival)
Durée : 1 an 3 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : samedi 04 février 2012
Première : mercredi 15 février 2012
Dernière : samedi 08 juin 2013
Mise en scène : Jonathan Church
Chorégraphie : Andrew Wright
Avec : Adam Cooper (Don Lockwood), Louise Bowden (Kathy Selden), Jennifer Ellison (Lina Lamont), Stephane Annelli (Cosmo Brown), Peter Forbes (RF Simpson), Sandra Dickinson (Dora Bailey/Miss Dinsmore), Gillian Parkhouse, Nancy Wei George, David Lucas, Mark Hadfield, Frankie Jenna, Karen Aspinall, Emma Caffrey, Matthew Croke, Brendan Cull, Adam Denman, Kelly Ewins-Prouse, Charlene Ford, Olivia Fines, Tim Hodges, Nia Jermin, Peter Le Brun, Matthew Malthouse, Adam Margilewski, Oliver Metzler, Joseph Prouse, Charlotte Scott, Zara Warren.
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