In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit: My partner and I LOVE Singin’ in the Rain. Like, if Singin’ in the Rain had conventions, we would totally go (dressed as Lina Lamont and Don Lockwood, of course). My partner once did the Gene Kelly windmill-arm dance in a bar; “Moses Supposes” is one of the few songs I know well enough to sing to my four-month old.
So you can imagine how excited we were when we found out that TUTS—Stanley Park’s famous outdoor Theatre Under the Stars—is performing Singin’ in the Rain for their 2010 season. It’s the perfect marriage of two of our favourite things!
TUTS is one of Vancouver’s largest musical theatre companies, and every summer they bring two musicals to life. Along with Singin in the Rain, this season they’re also performing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; they alternate performances throughout the 2010 season, from July 9 – August 21.
Last night, we went to the premiere of Singin’ in the Rain and adored every minute of it. The production design is incredible, the singing is lovely, and Neil Minor as Cosmo Brown (who actually did the 360° flip-against-the-wall in “Make ‘Em Laugh”) and Cailin Stadnyk as Lina Lamont delivered pitch-perfect performances.
If you’ve seen the movie, seeing the live stage production still holds lots of surprises. My favourite twist: Lina gets a well-earned solo number. Plus there’s the sheer joy of seeing these famous song and dance sequences come to life. (And yes, it really does rain on stage!)
If you’ve never seen Singin in the Rain, you are in for such a treat!
Do what my partner and I did and make a whole night of it: The Malkin Bowl, where the TUTS’ outdoor theatre is, includes a TUTS bar and Garden Cafe—which serves delicious salmon burgers and fire-grilled hot dogs, among other treats—so you can have dinner-and-a-play right there.
TUTS tip: Don’t forget your blanket! Nights can be chilly, even when the days are hot.
UPDATE: Fellow poster Julie has a contest to win a pre-TUTS dinner for two at Adesso Bistro—check it out here.