TEMPORARY CAST CHANGE
The splash-hit West End stage production SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is currently playing at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre with only 10 days to go before transferring to the Sydney Lyric on July 7th.
Unfortunately, leading man Adam Garcia (playing the role of Don Lockwood) suffered an injury whilst performing on stage last Sunday which has been identified as a tear in his calf muscle. As a result, Garcia will not be able to perform for potentially up to six weeks. Garcia has been exciting audiences in Melbourne with his performances but sadly, will now be unable to complete the season at Her Majesty’s Theatre. His injury also rules him out of the opening weeks of the Sydney season.
Stepping into the role of Don Lockwood for the duration of Garcia’s absence will be talented actor Grant Almirall. Almirall has starred in many international productions around the world, and has performed the lead role of Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain over the past 18 months on its international tour to South Africa, New Zealand and Hong Kong, to great popular and critical acclaim. He has been part of the Australian company as the stand-by Don Lockwood. New Zealand critics praised Almirall’s combination of ‘balletic elegance…with gleeful exuberance’, his ‘sweet tenor voice carrying the delicate emotions of ‘You Were Meant For Me’ and his “charming and joyful rendition” of ‘Singin’ in the Rain‘.
Rob Mallett, will also perform the role of Don Lockwood in some performances. He is one of Australia’s emerging musical theatre stars. Both of these gentlemen will bring all the charm, charisma and energy to the role, thrilling audiences until Adam Garcia is able to return to the stage.
This extraordinary production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN also stars Jack Chambers as Cosmo Brown, Gretel Scarlett as Kathy Selden and Erika Heynatz as Lina Lamont. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN also stars Robyn Arthur, Rodney Dobson and Mike Bishop alongside an incredible supporting cast of 20 of Australia’s brightest musical theatre performers.
The production has been hailed by critics and audiences alike and this week garnered 3 Helpmann Award nominations including Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Jack Chambers and Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Erika Heynatz in addition to Best Choreography in a Musical.
★★★★★ “Even the rain can’t stop this bountiful tap-dancing beauty from glowing brightly in the streets. This latest production is a brilliant and vibrant explosion of bliss, laughter and formidable tap skills” Time Out
★★★★½ “Superb adaptation of arguably the most iconic movie musical of all time. Every second is packed with bright, buoyant, whip-smart energy…the principal cast are solid gold, a trio who are almost flawless” Limelight
★★★★ “Singin’ in the Rain is a visual feast…effervescent and inventively re-imagined stage production of Singin’ in the Rain. A spirited and captivating production with vivacious choreography” Herald Sun
Produced in Australia by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Michael Cassel Group, David Atkins Enterprises and Dainty Group, the popular musical is thrilling audiences as they experience high-octane choreography, sumptuous sets and costumes and the exhilarating spectacle of rain live on stage!
With the help of 12,000 litres of recycled water, the audience can enjoy one of the most famous dance scenes live on stage, with some leaving the theatre a little wetter than when they arrived!
Set in 1927, it tells the story of the first Hollywood musical, when the silver screen found its voice and left silent movies – and some of its stars – behind. Don Lockwood is a silent movie star with everything he could want – fame, adulation and a well-publicised ‘romance’ with his co-star Lina Lamont. But Hollywood is about to change forever. There is rumour in the studio of a new kind of film, where the actors actually talk…and sing…and dance. Can Don and the uniquely voiced Lina make the transition and will chorus girl Kathy Selden fulfil her dream of stardom and capture Don’s heart along the way?
The stage production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film by special arrangement with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures, Inc. Music Published by EMI. Produced by arrangement with Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker Inc. This production is directed by Jonathan Church, with Olivier Award nominated choreography by Andrew Wright; it is designed by Simon Higlett, with Robert Scott as Musical Supervisor.
With high-energy performances, a superb score and a joyous story, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN showers you with everything you could wish for in a hit musical.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN playing in Melbourne until July 2, opens at Sydney Lyric on July 7 before seasons in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
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