Singin’ in the Rain, presented at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, is a true tribute to the film. Matt Dentino (as Don Lockwood) and Dan Doerger (as Cosmo Brown, both pictured) could have been plucked from the movie. Doerger’s Cosmo is especially a key component, keeping the comedic undertones noticeable.
Some musical numbers, like “Good Morning” and “Make ’Em Laugh,” are highlights of the show. The use of physical comedy, with Cosmo running through a fake wall during the latter number, keeps the production from being a complete tap number. However, the choreography by Dee Anne Bryll and Ed Cohen is done to near perfection.
At one point, Cosmo jokes that Lina Lamont is a triple threat because she can’t sing, dance or act.
As for Mindy Heithaus (as Lina Lamont), she plays the villain with skill. As Lamont moves from silent actor to speaking menace, her high-pitched, screechy voice shocks and awes the crowd. Her only song, “What’s Wrong With Me,” gives testament that Lamont’s horrible singing is talent on Heithaus’s part.
For the title song, the set gets a realistic feel as actual water falls from above. Handing the umbrella to a passing stranger and swinging around the light post, Dentino channels Gene Kelly as Act I draws to a close. Later, Dentino brings the audience directly into his world, calling for them to see that the true talent isn't Lamont but rather Selden, who has run off the stage.
Singin’ in the Rain ends with the cast happily sporting yellow raincoats and red umbrellas to reprise the title song. Overall, the production makes a huge splash.
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN is presented by the Coverdale Center for Performing Arts through April 11. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.