The splash-hit West End stage production SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN made a splash in Australia having opened in Melbourne at Her Majesty’s Theatre in May 2016, followed by seasons in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Staring as Don Lockwook, Grant Almirall obtained his National Diploma in Musical Theatre from Tswane University of Technology in 2003. His professional debut was in the international touring company of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, with which he toured Korea, Shanghai, Taipei, Qatar and Scandinavia. Other theatre credits include; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Showboat, See How They Run, We Will Rock You, Bangbroek Mountain (a South African musical directed by Fred Abrahamse), Romeo and Juliet at Maynardvill Open Air Theatre in Cape Town, Jesus Christ Superstar (tour to Athens), Rent, Hairspray, Chicago, African Footprint, High School Musical (South African and Asian tour). He played the role of Mungojerry in the 2009 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS and was in the 2010 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s Boys in the Photograph as well as the 2011 production of Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2012 Grant was in the South African production of Jersey Boys where he played the role of Frankie Valli. He recently finished an International tour of Singin’ In The Rain where he played the role of Don Lockwood.
Joining Grant as his sidekick Cosmo Brown is the dynamic Jack Chambers. Earning a place in Australian entertainment history when he won the first So You Think You Can Dance in 2008, Jack went on to spend 14 months in New York working as a choreographer and teacher at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School, returning to Australia to star as Link Larkin in Hairspray the Musical.
The role of aspiring actress Kathy Selden will be played by the extraordinary Gretel Scarlett, star of Grease, Wicked and Mamma Mia! One of Australia’s emerging leading ladies, Gretel was a finalist in 2011’s ‘ANZ Trustees Rob Guest Endowment Award’ and last year released her debut album Hopelessly Devoted.
Erika Heynatz, nominated for a Helpmann Award for her role as Brooke Windham in Legally Blonde and earning rave reviews for her portrayal of Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, will play Lockwood’s vapid leading lady, Lina Lamont. With a comprehensive and full career that spans more than 40 years, Robyn Arthur joins this stellar cast as Hollywood gossip reporter, Dora Bailey.
Acclaimed actors also joining the cast include Rodney Dobson as Roscoe Dexter and Mike Bishop as RF Simpson alongside an incredible supporting cast Ben Brown, Nadia Coote, Stefanie De Castro, Jan Di Pietro, Samantha Leigh Dodemaide, Ben Gillespie, Jillian Green, Melanie Hawkins, Matthew Jenson, Lauren Jimmieson, Rob Mallett, Sam Marks, Hayley Martin, Meghan O’Shea, Glen Oliver, Nathan Pinnell, Jordan Pollard, Romina Villafranca, Rachael Ward and Lyndon Watts.
Produced in Australia by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Dainty Group International, Michael Cassel Group, and David Atkins Enterprises the popular musical will thrill audiences as they experience high-octane choreography, sumptuous sets and costumes and the exhilarating spectacle of rain live on stage! This spectacular production is packed full of the charm, romance, comedy and Tinseltown glamour of one of the world’s best-loved movies and features all the songs from the glorious MGM score including ‘Good Morning’, ‘Make ‘em Laugh’, ‘Moses Supposes’ and the classic ‘Singin’ in the Rain’.
The movie’s iconic choreography is flawlessly recreated, and with the help of 12,000 litres of water, the audience can enjoy one of the most famous dance routines live on stage, with some leaving the theatre a little wetter than when they arrived!
To achieve the famous SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN scene, the production uses over 800 metres of flexible pipe work, a 9000kg water tank and a water system that creates a downpour from above as well as flooding from below the stage, in total ‘raining’ (and recycling) over 12,000 litres of water per performance.
Making a splash from the moment it premiered, this sensational production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN extended its original run at the Chichester Festival Theatre in the UK due to unprecedented public demand, before transferring to the famous Palace Theatre in London in 2012. Now, after a sell-out West End season, unparalleled praise from critics and audiences alike, four Olivier Award nominations, a major UK tour, New Zealand season and an Asian Tour.
With high-energy performances, a superb score and a joyous story, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN showers you with everything you could wish for in a hit musical.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “A NIGHT OF SHEER DELIGHT. THE PERFECT PICK-ME-UP” – Daily Telegraph
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “HUMMABLE TUNES, HIGH-OCTANE DANCING, LOTS OF RAIN” – Financial Times
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “A SPLASH HIT! TAKE COVER AS THE CAST KICK UP A STORM” – Daily Express
★ ★ ★ ★ “OH BOY, THIS IS AN ENJOYABLE EVENING WHICH, AT ITS BEST, SIMPLY SOARS” – The Times
★ ★ ★ ★ “JONATHAN CHURCH’S PRODUCTION HAS FEEL-GOOD FACTOR GALORE” – Daily Mail
★ ★ ★ ★ “EXHILARATING… WITH INFECTIOUS BROLLY-TWIRLING GLEE” – Evening Standard
Set in 1927, it tells the story, made famous by Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in the iconic 1952 MGM movie, of the first Hollywood musical, when the silver screen found its voice and left silent.
Don Lockwood is a silent movie star with everything he could want – fame, adulation and a well-publicised ‘romance’ with his co-star Lina Lamont. But Hollywood is about to change forever. There is rumour in the studio of a new kind of film, where the actors actually talk…and sing…and dance. Can Don and the uniquely voiced Lina make the transition and will chorus girl Kathy Selden fulfil her dream of stardom and capture Don’s heart along the way?
The stage production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film by special arrangement with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures, Inc. Music Published by EMI. Produced by arrangement with Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker Inc. This production is directed by Jonathan Church, with Olivier Award nominated choreography by Andrew Wright; it is designed by Simon Higlett, with Robert Scott as Musical Supervisor.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is presented in Australia by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises, Michael Cassel Group and Dainty Group International.
With high-energy choreography, sumptuous set design and costumes, a superb score and a joyous story, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN showers you with everything you could wish for in a hit musical.