Actor Logan McKenna performs the title monitor and iconic faucet dance quantity in “Singin’ within the Rain.” Manufacturing of the musical by Music Theater West started on Friday, September 16 (Picture courtesy of MTW).
LOGAN – Truthful warning: put together to be completely blown away by Sing within the rain.
I used to be.
Music Theater West’s ongoing stage manufacturing of the traditional MGM musical on the Ellen Eccles Theater is spectacular in each method.
The performing performances are excellent. The singing is splendid. The costume is sensational.
And the dance? Ah, the dance in Sing within the rain is all the things you hoped to see and feared to not see.
The choreography is unbelievable and it’s carried out with fashion, grace and boundless enthusiasm.
My hats off to everybody concerned.
This piece is, after all, primarily based on the 1952 movie starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. As everybody is aware of, this movie is a romance between silent movie chief Don Lockwood and aspiring actress Kathy Seldon, set to music and complex by Hollywood’s adaptation to the appearance of talkies within the Twenties.
Naturally, any comparability between this stage model and the movie is completely unfair. This movie was grand, glitzy and glamorous as solely these movies from Hollywood’s golden age may very well be.
And who may match the athleticism of Kelly’s dancing, the comedic antics of O’Connor’s rubbery limbs, or evaluate to the fantastic thing about America’s sweetheart on the ripe previous age of 19?
It is a stripped down model of that storyline, with principally minimal staging. Given this actuality, this MTW manufacturing have to be judged by itself deserves, of which there are various.
Director Stephanie R. White dug deep into Cache Valley’s expertise pool and located some really gifted artists.
Logan McKenna performs Lockwood. He is suitably good-looking, sings superbly, and has all of the chops wanted as a dancer.
Alone on stage, with an in depth projection of the cityscape behind him and a mixture of actual rain and particular results, McKenna brings the home down with an enthralling and nostalgic efficiency of “Singin’ within the Rain” because the act’s finale. 1. This distinctive quantity was definitely worth the value of admission.
McKenna is paired with Meredith Ashcraft as Hollywood newcomer Kathy Seldon. Mrs. Ashcraft is mild on her toes and their blended voices make their duets and dance numbers enchantingly romantic.
The large supporting solid is splendidly led by Cameron Gleed as Lockwood’s trusty sidekick, Cosmo Brown. Gleed not solely shows his performing and comedic skills, but additionally demonstrates that he can dance on partitions.
However nobody surpasses the scorching Celeste Baillio on this manufacturing. She’s hilarious as Lina Lamont, a silent movie star whose nails on a chalkboard voice make her unlikely to outlive the swap to speaking photos.
Ms. Baillio owns Lina. She sings the enjoyable “What’s Incorrect With Me?” (a welcome addition to the musical’s rating). She additionally dances a bit in “The Broadway Ballet” manufacturing quantity.
However Ms. Baillio’s actual contribution to Sing within the rain brings the proverbial dumb blonde cliché to life with a efficiency so good you’ll be able to’t take your eyes off her.
The staging of Sing within the rain is exceptional in that a lot of the musicals’ backstory is advised in enjoyable music movies brilliantly doctored by videographer Andy Lorimer to appear like a classic Twenties movie.
As at all times, the music from the MTW manufacturing is carried out completely by a 20-piece orchestra led by Jay Richards.
Evening performances of Sing within the rain continues at 7:30 p.m. on the Ellen Eccles Theater in downtown Logan on Saturday, September 17; Monday, September 19; Thursday, September 22; Friday, September 23; and Saturday September 24.
A matinee efficiency of the musical is scheduled for Saturday, September 24 at 1:30 p.m.