Saturday, April 04, 2015

Greeted with Whoops'n'Cheers, "Singin’ in the Rain" to Return to a Paris Stage in English

“Singin’ in the Rain,” that much-beloved 1952 Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen movie, is in some ways a perfect offering for a stage musical
writes Roslyn Suclas in the New York Times.
It has catchy songs, a hilarious book, extended dance sequences and the branded-on-Western-consciousness image of Gene Kelly twirling his umbrella as he splashes and tap dances with delirious happiness through puddles, in the song that gives the film its title.
Following hot on the heels of “An American in Paris” (which enjoyed a sold-out run at the Châtelet before moving to Broadway this month), it's
the most recent in a string of American musicals presented at this theater by its director, Jean-Luc Choplin, who seems to have converted the Parisian public to the cause: “Singin’ in the Rain” was greeted with whoops and cheers by its fervently appreciative audience on Thursday, and its initial run (through March 26) is sold out. (It returns from Nov. 27 to Jan 15.)