Showtunes Theatre Company is a unique producer of musical events. They do concert versions of stage musicals that will probably never be able to be fully staged in Seattle for varieties of reasons. Maybe the music is fantastic, but the script doesn\’t deserve a full production. Often, the cast needed is too large, these days, to make it financially feasible for a full production.
But Showtunes can get the best talent in town by rehearsing for one week only and doing two performances! Coming up, May 11 at 8:00pm and May 12 at 2:00pm, you\’ll have the opportunity to see the iconic movie musical, Singin\’ in the Rain, on stage! And you won\’t even have to get wet.
The 1952 movie musical debuted on Broadway in 1985, and the plot closely adheres to the original. In the waning days of silent films, actors in Hollywood are scrambling to figure out if they can transition to â€œthe talkies.â€ Silent star Lina Lamont has such a terrible voice that she\’s not likely to charm audiences once they can hear her. Can romantic lead Don Lockwood, his sidekick Cosmo Brown, and aspiring actress Kathy Selden make the grade?Â The show\’s famous tunes include â€œMake â€˜Em Laugh,â€ â€œGood Mornin,â€ â€œYou Are My Lucky Star,â€ as well as the legendary title song.
Maggie Stenson Pehrson, executive producer, tells us, â€œWe picked Singin\’ in the Rain because it’s true to our mission – a great show that you rarely get to enjoy live.Â Because of its technical demands it is rarely produced.Â Those rain machines are costly and messy!
â€œOur director, David Hunter Koch, has a few tricks up his sleeve to engage the audience without getting them – or Benaroya Hall – wet!Â The story is hilarious, the music is terrific, and our cast – as usual – is the cream-of-the-Seattle-musical-theater-crop.â€
Maggie is referring to the trio of leads, Brandon O\’Neill, Jenny Shotwell and Nick DeSantis. All three have performed multiple times at the 5th Avenue Theatre and Jenny is a familiar presence at Showtunes productions. They\’re all comedy champs and ready to take on these dancing, singing dynamo roles.
So grab your bumbershoots and make your way to Benaroya Hall and experience the music up close and personal. You\’ll laugh, you\’ll â€¦ laugh, and no silent treatment here.