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The sunshiny fun of 'Singin' in the Rain'

Published February 22, 2007


The movie Singin' in the Rain is iconic: Hasn't everyone seen the immortal scene with Gene Kelly just singin' and dancin' in the rain?

The story comes to the stage Friday through April 15 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre in Hudson. For those who have forgotten the plot:

Set in the late 1920s, Singin' in the Rain tells the story of a fictional silent-screen star named Lina Lamont (Erin Romero). Her career is ruined when talkies take over, because she has a screechy chipmunk voice that could peel paint.

But the show's real purpose is to poke fun at big egos and to showcase the singing and dancing skills of three buddies: Lina's onscreen love interest, Don Lockwood (Chris Warren Murry), his sidekick, Cosmo Brown (Tyler Fish) and their new best friend, Kathy Selden (Andrea Eskin).

This trio romps through songs like Moses Supposes, Good Mornin', and, of course, the title song - complete with a real on-stage rainstorm, thanks to set designer Tom Hansen - and they glide through sentimental favorites like You Are My Lucky Star.

There's no drama and there's no tragedy, just funny fun, mainly because Lina isn't very likeable, and it's fun to watch her get her come-uppance from the friends.

The Show Palace Dinner Theatre is at 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, with some matinees on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Dinner and show, $42.50; show only $31.45; ages 12 and younger, $24.95 and $19.95, all plus tax and tip. (727) 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll-free elsewhere 1-888-655-7469.

[Last modified February 21, 2007, 14:44:57]

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