Elevating the glitz and glamor to a new level, Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston vibrantly turns back the clock in the acclaimed musical, ‘Singin’ in the Rain.’ The chemistry and talent crackle as the cast flap, shake, and tap their way through sparkling dance numbers with a good portion of rapid fire humor and bit of magic in a rainstorm.
Back by popular demand, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ is part of Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston’s 46th season and is directed by award-winning Broadway veteran Kirby Ward. Performances run through Sunday, August 17 and are held at the Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington Street in Waltham, Massachusetts. Visit reaglemusictheatre.com for more information!
As the show opens, the overture sets the stage, harkening to the popular songs made famous in the beloved movie musical, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ such as ‘Good Morning,’ ‘All I Do is Dream of You,’ ‘Make ‘Em Laugh,’ and ‘You Were Meant for Me.’ The production was derived from the 1952 film of the same name featuring the staggering talents of Gene Kelly, Donald O’ Connor, and Debbie Reynolds.
Debonair and charismatic, Sean Quinn portrays the title role of Hollywood superstar Don Lockwood with a sharp sense of comedic timing as he takes on the daring dance moves that Gene Kelly made famous. So much of ‘Singin in the Rain’ involves an extraordinary wealth of dance, but Sean takes the complexity of every move and makes it look easy.
The biggest highlight in the production is the signature song, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ featuring real rain onstage. Sean joyously kicks and soaks in the rain with grace and fortitude. His slick, complex, flawless dance moves made the crowd applaud in wonderment, watching an iconic scene come alive once more.
Edward Tolve is charming and lovable as piano player sidekick Cosmo Brown, adding his own style of humor to the role. With good looks and a mischievous smile, Edward depicts Cosmo’s subtle humor through a wink and a veiled glance, but can also surge into comedic stunts in Cosmo’s signature number, ‘Make Em Laugh.’ Sean Quinn and Edward Tolve as Don and Cosmo are excellent together, especially during the number ‘Fit as a Fiddle’ and ‘Moses Supposes.’ Their wild dance routines are electrifying, especially because both numbers rely so heavily on the other person. Each person anticipates the other’s every move seamlessly.
Another highlight is the famous number, ‘Good Morning’ featuring Gillian Mariner Gordon as Kathy, Sean Quinn as Don Lockwood, and Edward Tolve as Cosmo Brown, showing just a portion of the warm camaraderie this trio shares. Through demure mannerisms and a stunning soprano, Gillian Mariner Gordon portrays a sweet, spunky, and forthright Kathy Selden.
Willing to do anything for a laugh, Noreen Hughes portrays blond celebrity bombshell Lina Lamont. She is gawky, shrill, and cunning, her lanky body, stature, and wild eyes make for a perfect Lina as she bellows out an added song not included in the film version, ‘What’s Wrong With me.’
Another highlight is Daren Kelly’s frantic and hilarious performance as director Roscoe Dexter. Dressed in a red scarf, black beret, and black boots, he shouts out his commands and storms the stage in a teetering-on-the edge rhythm that is compelling to behold.
Old Hollywood comes alive throughout the production, as cast members representing Hollywood royalty wear striking costumes. Women are dressed in rich furs and multicolored, sparkling flapper dresses while men dress to the nines in full suits and fedoras.
Impressive, painted backdrops depict scenes such as an extravagant Hollywood home with a tremendous fireplace and winding staircase, an authentic 20s soundstage with functioning equipment, and a neon-lit, bustling Broadway dance scene.
Eileen Grace and Kirby Ward’s choreography flow with grace and passion. The entire cast sizzles and soars in equal measure, especially in Katelyn Prominski’s fierce performance as Green Dress Girl, originally portrayed in the film by legendary dancer Cyd Charisse.
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Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston tops off its summer season with the acclaimed, timeless musical, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ from Thursday, August 7 through Sunday, August 17! Visit reaglemusictheatre.com for more information!