Singin' in the Rain at Derby Dinner Playhouse!
April is here and that means it is time for RAIN SHOWERS! Derby Dinner Playhouse is taking it to the extreme and making it rain indoors! We attended an opening week performance of their newest production Singin' in the Rain last week and had a great time as we watched this classic musical comedy come alive on stage!
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is based on the MGM classic film featuring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor. Adapted for the stage by Betty Camden and Adolph Green, this light-hearted romantic comedy will please any fan of the golden age of movie musicals. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN takes place during 1920's Hollywood in the days of the “talkies”. This musical favorite is complete with big Broadway tap numbers, hilarious situations, and ACTUAL RAIN ON STAGE! In fact, audience members sitting close to the stage will be given rain ponchos to keep dry.
The evening started with a delicious buffet dinner, followed by a Pre-Show Footnotes Show. In the Pre-Show they sang all sorts of melodies referring to rain and forewarned the front row seats that when they heard Thunder they should put on their ponchos! The ironic part was that it was truly thundering and storming outside so we were hearing thunder on and off all night! Those front row seated attendees wore their ponchos nearly the whole time (although it doesn't actually rain down on stage until the end of the first act).
The show starts Kayla Peabody (Kathy), Justin Ostergard (Don), and Matthew Brennan (Cosmo). This Triple Threat Trio sing and dance their way through several jolly hours of fun! Brennan is astounding with his dance moves and seemingly endless energy. His Make Em Laugh number reminded me so much of a young Dick Van Dyke. All three tap dance their way through the show and bring back great memories of old time musicals! Ostergard has a ball in his Singin' in the Rain number as he splashes and kicks about in the water pouring down, getting both himself and many of the attendees seated in the front rows drenched!
This is a cute show to take your kiddos to, I recommend sitting in the front row and wearing the ponchos as the kids will surely get a huge kick out of that! There are also fun scenes where tv screens around the theater come on and portray the "talkies" that the show refers to! This classic musical will set your heart to singin’ and your feet to dancin’!
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN features a musical score by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. Memorable songs include “Good Morning”, “Make ‘Em Laugh”, “Broadway Melody”, “You Stepped Out Of A Dream”, and the title song “Singin’ In The Rain”.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is under the direction of Lee Buckholz with Choreography by Heather Paige Folsom and Musical Direction by Scott Bradley. Cast members will include Matthew Brennan, Kayla Peabody, Jillian Prefach, J.R. Stuart, Paul Kerr, Elizabeth Loos, Johns Vessels, and more! Check out their promo trailer on YouTube here
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN runs through May 18, 2014. For ticket information please call 812-288-8281 or visit their website here
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