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WITH its perennial drive and freshness, this is a feel-good musical which has always managed to survive directorial eccentricities.

Singin' In The Rain is, as we all know, set in the Hollywood of the early thirties when sound arrived.

Star of the show was Faye Tozer as Lina Lamont and the scenes where she is forced to acknowledge that she is no Ethel Barrymore lift the current production from the frequently mundane into the totally delightful.

Ms Tozer in a Marie Antoinette wig squawking into the mike on her shoulder - thus wrecking the film in which sound has made its first entrance, is one of the high spots of the evening.

Every musical worth its salt needs a lively company to support the leading actors and the young people who race on and off stage like so many shooting stars are terrific.

As Kathy Selden, the little unknown who becomes a star, Amy Ellen Richardson steals the show and takes your heart from the moment she steps onto the stage. James Leece's performance as Don Lockwood is a work in progress. Stephane Anelli makes Cosmo Brown into a live-wire and Jacqueline Clarke makes her mark as the Hollywood radio chatterbox.

Runs until April 5 RICHARD EDMONDS
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Date:Mar 21, 2014
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