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Stage Editorial

singingrain18.jpg What a glorious feelin’…

The greatest film musical of them all, ‘Singin’ In The Rain’, is being brought to the Gala Theatre’s stage by the redoubtable Durham University Light Opera Group this January.

There is certainly no doubt in my mind at least that ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ is the greatest. Sure, there are certain Astaire and Rogers films that are the cinematic equivalent of getting giddy on champagne, and I’ve always had a soft spot for ‘Footloose’, but ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ has got the lot: a great story, it’s really funny, the songs are straight out of the top drawer, and ditto the dances. If you’ve been living under a rock, like forever, the story is set in 1920s Hollywood with the town being shaken up due to the introduction of ‘the talking picture’ and silent film stars Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are forced to readjust to the changing times. This proves a big problem for Lina whose harsh Brooklyn voice makes her a laughing stock. Enter Kathy Selden, the talent ingénue who might just be able to save the film studio (and find love along the way). The Durham University Light Opera Group have been responsible for some real showstoppers over the years (including ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘The Addams Family’) and their take on this classic will include all those iconic songs: ‘Make ‘Em Laugh’, ‘Good Mornin’’ and, of course, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, featuring, yep, an onstage downpour.

Singin’ In The Rain, Tuesday 15-Saturday 19 January, Gala Theatre, Durham, 7pm (mats 2.30pm Wed & Sat), £8-£14.50. galadurham.co.uk