Don Lockwood will splash into your heart

Don Lockwood will splash into your heart

SHOW: Singin’ in the Rain
CAST: Grant Almirall, Bethany Dickson, Taryn-Lee Hudson, Steven van Wyk, Anne Power, Mila De Biaggi, Thalia Burt, James Borthwick
VENUE: Artscape Opera House until January 10
REVIEWER: PETER TROMP

Some productions just bedazzle the pants off of you. ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ is an immensely charming show that scores high in the “wow factor” department, without overwhelming one with an overabundance of sound and colour.
Containing perhaps the most perfect first half of any musical this year, this dance heavy show, with choreography changing from tap to jazz to ballet in an instant, constantly has a new trick up its sleeve. Just when you thought you’ve become used to what the production can throw at you, a new set piece will shift one’s expectations – to squeals of delight from the audience on the evening I attended.

Like its beguiling lead character, silent movie star Don Lockwood (an immensely winning Grant Almirall), the show plays a number on you and before long, you’re swooning in its arms. But as with most things in life, you have to come down to earth eventually.
I wished that the show carried its momentum all the way through to the end. ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ somewhat suffers from an underwhelming second half, compared to that absolutely stunning first; somehow the tempo doesn’t carry over after the break, as the show shifts focus to resolving its plot points.
Fortunately, this is one musical that is very character-centric and with so many likeably rendered oddballs to become invested in, one’s interest is maintained until the end. You might just find yourself longing for those swoon-inducing moments from earlier when Don Lockwood was working overtime to catch your eye.

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