Singin' in the Rain

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Singin' in the Rain is a musical based on the 1952 MGM motion picture[1].

The original text

Story and screenplay by Betty Comden and Aldolph Green, adapted for the stage with a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, lyrics by Arthur Freed, and music by Nacio Herb Brown.

The original West End production, directed by Tommy Steele and choreographed by Peter Gennaro, opened at the London Palladium on June 30, 1983. The first American production opened on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre on July 2, 1985, directed and choreographed by Twyla Tharp.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1987: Natal Playhouse, December.

1989: Presented by CAPAB in collaboration with NAPAC, PACOFS and PACT and by arrangement with Harold Fielding Ltd and Maurice and Lois F. Rosenfield at the Nico Malan Opera House from 4 March to 1 April 1989, directed and choreographed by Geoffrey Sutherland starring Belinda Koning, Sandy Dyer, Lindsay Redman, Mike Huff, Tim Plewman, Carol-Ann Kelleher, David Dennis, Pinto Ferreira, Gordon van Rooyen, Michael O’Reilly, Lana Green, Annamarie Blanckenberg.

2015-6: Pieter Toerien Productions presented the international touring production of the musical, in association with Lunchbox Theatrical Productions[2], at Artscape (2015/6) and the Teatro at Montecasino (2016). Based on the original concept by Jonathan Church, the touring production was directed by Resident Director Anton Luitingh, with Grant Almirall, Bethany Dickson, Steven van Wyk, Taryn-Lee Hudson, James Borthwick, Mark Richardson Anne Power. Michelle Lane was the Production Secretary, Kenneth Meyer the Dialect Coach, and L.J. Nelson the Wardrobe Mistress.

2015: The official programme sold at the Artscape Theatre in December 2015 contained the following information and credits: Pieter Toerien presents The Stage Entertainment [3] and Chichester Festival Theatre [4] production of Singin’ in the Rain. - Screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. Director: Jonathan Church. Choreographer: Andrew Wright. Designer: Simon Higlett. Cast: Grant Almirall (Don Lockwood), Bethany Dickson (Kathy Selden), Steven van Wyk (Cosmo Brown), Taryn-Lee Hudson (Lina Lamont), James Borthwick (R.F. Simpson), Mark Richardson (Roscoe Dexter), Anne Power (Dora/Miss Dinsmore), Duane Alexander (alternate Don Lockwood/Swing/Dance Captain), Claire Boswell (Lady in waiting), Thalia Burt (Make-up girl), Mila de Biaggi (Olga Mara/Broadway ballet girl), Stefania du Toit (Asst. Dance Captain/Swing), Ambre-Chanel Fulton (Swing), Richard Gau (Policeman), Darren Greeff (Clyde), Samuel Hyde (Rod), Kent Jeycocke (Sid Phillips), Catherine Lane (Flirty Girl), Michelle Lane (Production Secretary), Sebe Leotlela (Zelda Zanders), Anton Luitingh (Resident Director/2nd cover Roscoe), Hope Maimane (Coffee Vendor), Kenneth Meyer (Dialect Coach/Production Tenor), Raquel Munn (Mary Margaret), L.J. Nelson (Wardrobe Mistress), Jarryd Nurden (Workman), Stephan van der Walt (Sam) and Richard Vorster (Swing).


Singin' in the Rain theatre programme 1989.

Singin' in the Rain theatre programme 2015.

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