Hit musical makes a real splash in Norwich

The cast of Singin' In The Rain at Norwich Theatre Royal June 4-14 2014 The cast of Singin' In The Rain at Norwich Theatre Royal June 4-14 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014
9:48 AM

Showers in early June are a sure sign that Wimbledon is just around the corner but there was no danger of rain stopping play at Norwich’s Theatre Royal last night.

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Singin’ in the Rain splashed its way into Norwich after a spell at the West End.

The critically-acclaimed production has proved a smash hit in the capital and judging by the reception it received last night it will be the same story during its 11-night run here in Norwich.

Screen star Maxwell Caulfield, who has had a number of TV roles in the likes of Dynasty, Emmerdale and Casualty, plays studio boss RF Simpson while former Coronation Street actress Vicky Binns is Lina Lamont.

Binns proved a comic star as the uniquely sounding screen star Lamont who struggled to make the transition from silent movies to talking movies much to the exasperation of her crew including on-screen ‘partner’ Don Lockwood (James Leece).

Stephane Anelli as Cosmo Brown, however, was the comic clown prince in a right royal roller-coaster of laughs, music and dance.

His exquisite timing and rubber limbs provided many of the highlights in this production which was like a variety show within a musical bursting with dance, song and comedy.

This was a super slick production with terrific timing and incredible choreography.

The hit Hollywood musical – which remains one of the world’s best loved movies – also featured a deluge of songs from the MGM score including Good Morning, the rip-roaring Make ’em Laugh, Moses Supposes, and of course Singin’ in the Rain.

And talking of rain, the show featured 12,000 litres of water – and will do during every single performance during the run.

The first few rows donned water-proof ponchos for the show but not even a few thousand litres of water could dampen everyone’s enthusiasm for what was a jolly, brolly good show.

Singin’ in the Rain runs at the Norwich Theatre Royal until Saturday, June 14. For tickets call 01603 630000.