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TriStar Pictures cast:
SHIRLEY MACLAINE as Ouiser, OLYMPIA DUKAKIS as Clairee, SALLY FIELDS as
M'Lynn, JULIA ROBERTS as Shelby, DARYL HANNAH as Annelle,
and DOLLY PARTON as Truvy
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
March 28 - May 31, 2014
1920's Hollywood during the waning days of the silent screen era is
the setting for this zany, light-hearted romantic comedy when many a
movie studio found itself scrambling to salvage the career of its
chipmunk-voiced silent picture stars. This fun musical theatre
romp focuses on romantic lead Don Lockwood, his sidekick Cosmo Brown,
aspiring actress Kathy Selden, and Lockwood's leading lady Lina Lamont,
whose less-than-dulcet vocal tones make her an unlikely candidate for
stardom in talking pictures.
Singin' in the Rain made its first "splash" as a movie musical in
1952. Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, the film starred Kelly
as Don Lockwood, Donald O'Connor as Cosmo Brown, and Debbie Reynolds as
Kathy Selden. The film was only a "modest success" at the time of its
release. It has only been since then that Singin' in the Rain
has been recognized as a classic and included on the American Film
Institutes Top 100 Movies list, coming in at #5.
The first staging of the musical version of Singin' in the Rain did
not come until 1983, 31 years after the release of the movie, in London's
West End. Singin' in the Rain finally "crossed the pond" and
had its American premiere on Broadway in the summer of 1985. The
production played at the Gershwin Theatre for the next year, closing after
367 performances and 38 previews.
The original, and only Broadway production, was directed by legendary
choreographer Twyla Tharp and received Tony Award nominations for Best Book
of a Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical.
What has always been a signature of the various productions of Singin' in
the Rain is the classic scene where Don Lockwood dances along the street
as it rains on stage. After nearly 20 years since it last appeared in
Frederick, Don Lockwood will once again dance in the rain with Way Off
Broadway's spring production!