Singin' in the Rain
The 1952 movie's so iconic that, when performed on a stage, even in a competent production by San Diego Musical Theatre, the adaptation looks mortal. Big set changes, a huge cast, plus a jumpy book and a wagging tail for a second act interfere. As do memories of Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor making the impossible look so blasted effortless. The subject still has interest: the Panic of '27, when talking pictures invaded Hollywood and studios scrambled to catch up. Will Don Lockwood (Brandon Davidson) finally fall for Kathy Seldon (Brittany Rose-Hammond)? Yes. Will pipsqueak-voiced Lina Lamont (Andi Davis) flunk her elocution lessons? Yes. But does this production have the speed of Mercury, the grace of Ariel, and the "glow-ree-ous feeling" of the movie? No.
Ongoing until Sunday, June 7, 2015
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