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Singin’ in the Rainy Roma
September 28, 2012   
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The Roma Musical Theater in Warsaw opened their new artistic season Sept. 29 with Singin’ in the Rain. The Roma’s new stage adaptation of this popular musical is the work of theater director Wojciech Kępczyński. Kępczyński is the director, Krzysztof Herdzin the musical director and Boris Kudlicka the stage designer. The costumes were designed by Dorota Kołodyńska and the lyrics translated by Daniel Wyszogrodzki.

The musical is a stage adaptation of the 1952 American musical comedy film of the same name—immortalized by Gene Kelly singing the title song in the rain while dancing with an umbrella. But that is not all that has made the film a classic. The musical partnership of Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed gave birth to a roll call of memorable hits, including “Beautiful Girl” and “You Are My Lucky Star.”

The plot revolves around Hollywood in the late 1920s when silent films were giving way to the new talkies. Don Lockwood is a popular silent movie star and celebrity. Despite his reputation as a ladies man, he disdains the lovely Lina Lamont, his onscreen love interest in his latest film. Lamont, for her part, is determined to make him hers. Lockwood meets an aspiring young actress named Kathy Selden and is smitten. All these threads come together when the studio decides to remake the film as a talkie. Lamont’s poor diction is an unforeseen problem that seems irremediable until Lockwood’s best friend, Cosmo Brown, hits on the idea of dubbing Lamont with Selden’s voice. You’ll have to see the show to find out how it all plays out.

The producers are predicting that this happy, dancing, colorful production is going to be a washout. They’re not being unduly negative. It’s just that the dancers will be kicking it up in streams of bona fide autumn rain. The auditorium has a new “rain zone” and if you sit there you can expect to get a good drenching.
M.R.
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