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REVIEW: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ exhibits amazing talent, complete with artificial rain

"Singin' in the Rain" captures the essence of the original film of the same name all while provoking cheers and laughter from the audience. Jaime Hillegonds explains how the musical's stellar performances, design and costume makes for a great time.

SING: Grant Fitzgerald dances to "Singin' in the Rain" before his performance in the indoor rain. (Photo by Jaime Hillegonds)
SING: Grant Fitzgerald dances to “Singin’ in the Rain” before his performance in the artificial rain. (Photo by Jaime Hillegonds)

Singin’ in the Rain” delivered rain on stage and exuberant costumes, all while bringing the audience to laughter.

The musical is adapted from the original “Singin’ in the Rain” 1952 film, with the plot following the movie’s almost verbatim. Set in Hollywood as silent films were becoming less popular, the show is about Don Lockwood (Grant Fitzgerald) and his close friend Cosmo Brown (Trenidy Cox). It also features the feud between aspiring actress Kathy Selden (Haley Glintz) and Hollywood leading lady, Lina Lamont (Maggie Gilliam), who stands out because of her – let’s say – unique voice.

“Singin’ in the Rain” is captivating. It’s funny. It’s endearing. It offers entertainment for all ages. While the adults get a good chuckle out of a few dirty jokes, the children enjoy the over-the-top characters and dance numbers.

While the entire cast did incredible work, senior Maggie Gilliam stood out with her exceptional performance. Gilliam’s transformation into Lina was just that – a complete transformation. Nobody saw Maggie Gilliam on stage. They saw Lina Lamont and experienced the full loathing of Lamont’s character.Although Gilliam’s role seemed challenging because of her character’s terribly nasally voice, she did not back down from the challenge. She never dropped the voice, nor her character.

Grant Fitzgerald was originally cast as Cosmo Brown, but due to another cast member’s unfortunate injury, Fitzgerald was asked to play Lockwood instead. This brought Cox into the role of Cosmo, and I cannot express enough how wonderful Cox was in Cosmo’s shoes. You could always tell when he was on stage because of his electric energy and contagious movement. Even after only a few words, he had the audience laughing. Cox especially outdid himself in Act 1, “Make ‘em Laugh.” His timing was perfect, his facial expressions were entertaining, and his energy was incredible.

Though Fitzgerald and Haley Glintz also did a wonderful job, their chemistry was not as strong as it could have been. Clearly, they were supposed to be in love, but their performance only communicated interest rather than anything significantly romantic.

The show features a good amount of tap dancing, particularly from Fitzgerald and Cox. Tap dancing is an especially difficult type of dance, but the cast did a great job considering some of them started as first-time tap dancers. The costumes, however, stole the show. The characters required many different costumes, and not a single costume was lackluster. Mary Zellers, costume designer and rentals coordinator, could not have done a better job finding and making such appropriate costumes for each individual character.

Despite the many costume changes, the whole show moved smoothly. The set transitions were quick and quiet, and it never seemed like the quick changes affected the performance.

The show was a success, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you need to go. It’s a good laugh and quality entertainment.

Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-22 with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 22. Tickets are available at the box office.


Jaime Hillegonds is a senior English writing major. This review reflects the view of the writer only. 

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