Sunday, July 27, 2008

review-Singin' in the Rain

Singin' In the Rain
Cabrillo Music Theatre
Thousand Oaks
directed by Larry Raben
through August 3
Singin' in the Rain is one of the most beloved movie musicals, not only due to its great song and dance numbers, but because it features 3 blockbuster talents: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds. Rarely onstage, the show is appealing if the right actors recreate these roles, and with David Engel starring as Don Lockwood (the Gene Kelly part), you can be assured that the show is in good hands - and feet. Engel, along with Randy Rogel and Shanon Mari Mills make such magic that this new version is fresh, exciting and on a par with the original. Director Raben does a bangup job by putting back into the second act of the show the "Broadway Melody" Ballet, and Engel's choreography is ...well, there was Kelly and Astaire and now there's Engel and may he choreograph and dance forever!
Another reason to see this show besides Engel is Melissa Fahn as Lina Lamont. For those that remember the film Jean Hagen was the scene-stealer and Fahn is just as memorable.
Don't miss this one thru next Sunday only!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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