Prepare to get wet whilst Singin' In The Rain
The Upcoming Musical Features Recycled Water as Part of Its Signature Musical Performance
It was confirmed earlier in September that “Singin’ in the Rain” would be making its way to the Palace Theatre in London’s West End following its run at the Chichester Festival Theatre – a venue that regularly hosts future west end shows – and some details have emerged courtesy of Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail. According to his show business column in the national newspaper 500 litres of water a minute will pour onto the stage (and specifically star Adam Cooper) during the signature performance of the song “Singin’ in the Rain”.
As a result those sitting in the front row during the production will have to prepare to get wet as much of the water will end up here. However, the article has made its way into the newspaper thanks to the method with which the water will be used during the production. The water is set to be re-used during each performance, with a cleaning and filtering process utilised before the water is returned to the 12,000 litre tank. Of course there is a lot of water that will be lost as a result of it making its way to the audience but it shows that the producers have thought of potential environmental concerns.
“Singin’ in the Rain” is set in the transition period in Hollywood between the silent movie era and the arrival of the ‘talkies’. Adam Cooper takes on the role made famous by Gene Kelly in the production – Don Lockwood – the actor who experiences great change due to the transition as he is already a major Hollywood player romantically linked to his co-star. The production also stars Scarlett Strallen, Daniel Crossley and Katherine Kingsley.
Adam Cooper is a well known name in theatre thanks to his work as a dancer and choreographer in the world of ballet, in addition to his musical theatre work. His credits include West End productions like “Guys and Dolls” at the Piccadilly Theatre and “Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake”.
London theatre audiences can catch “Singin’ in the Rain” at the Palace Theatre from Wednesday 15th February 2012 (previews from Saturday 4th February 2012), with an initial booking period taking it to Saturday 29th September 2012.