Sadler's Wells presents a splashing revival of the golden age musical comedy.
Silent movie star Don Lockwood (Adam Cooper) finds that he is part of Monumental Picture's first talking picture: a 'talkie'. A critically acclaimed stage adaptation of the 1952 Gene Kelly film featuring classic songs such as "Make 'Em Laugh" and the title number "Singin' in the Rain".
Jonathan Church’s production, originally mounted at Chichester Festival Theatre, often seems to be biding its time until Cooper’s feet start tapping again. It’s an enjoyable evening that both satirises and celebrates showbiz, but somewhat slow and stagey.
It’s an admirably slick and well-oiled machine now, and if it does not have that ineffable quality of loveliness that quietly suffuses all the very best musical productions, it has a lot else going for it.
Church’s production is a joyful, wonder-filled tour de force of tap and ballet, a real crowd-pleaser, that re-energises a romantic classic and gets a deserved ovation from the audience even before the reprise.