Arts Review: Singin’ in the Rain – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne (Performances until June 5th)

For many who aspire to be on the stage, Singin’ in the Rain is one of those shows that ignites the fire within and allows us to dream the dream and hope to one day turn it into a reality. On Saturday night, the Australian premiere of this iconic show fulfilled every heart’s desire as Adam Garcia, Jack Chambers, Gretel Scarlett and Erika Heynatz brought to life an all-time favourite movie-musical.

The foyer of Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne was buzzing as the bell chimed for us to take our seats. Whether you’ve seen this movie dozens of times, or even seen the stage show before, you can never prepare yourself for the wonder that unfolds each time. From the get-go, the ensemble transported us back to 1927; a time where silent films were all the rage and heart throbs Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont were the epitome of success and love.

This particular production of Singin’ in the Rain is without a doubt the classiest of them all. It is perfection in every sense of the word. Not once did we catch a glimpse of any modern-day nuances in vocal quality or choreography, in fact, the directorial choices made by Jonathan Church are nothing short of exquisite. A film once made famous by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor has now been given new life, as our Aussie talents take to the stage night after night and give their all.

There are no words to describe what overtakes you as you watch this show, but the feelings are what speak volumes. There are butterflies in your stomach, your toes are tapping and you’re singing along to every single number. Garcia, Chambers and Scarlett are seasoned performers who embody everything about this era. Garcia is a showstopper and a true leading man, as he charms us with his unique sense of charisma. Chambers was made for this show; there is no doubt about it. His physical comedy, comedic timing and flawless tap abilities put him in a league of his own as he brings warmth to an already endearing character.

As for the leading females, Scarlett is truly captivating in every sense of the word. Her innocence through song and dance are what brighten this show and blend so well with her two male co-stars. She is one to look out for from here on out. Quite surprisingly, Heynatz as Ms Lamont was an absolute triumph. Is there anything this woman can’t do? Her commitment to the ditzy blonde bimbo character had the audience in fits of laughter, especially considering her poise and elegance did not at all match her vocal tones.

Visually, this show is outstanding. Choreographer Andrew Wright is a genius; while maintaing stylistic integrity he has created intricacies and movement that are both unexpected and wildly right. Nadia Coote as the featured dancer in the ‘Broadway Ballet’ is sublime and had the crowd roaring – she is the definition of Dance 101. As a collective, the ensemble is strong and share so much joy through their movement. Singin’ in the Rain requires talent that are a true triple threat, so a big congratulations to Lynne Ruthven for casting exactly that.


Singin’ in the Rain is showing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne until June 5. Tickets are available from here

The reviewer attended the show on opening night May 14.


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