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AF­TER a suc­cess­ful sev­en­month tour of New Zealand, the Philip­pines, Sin­ga­pore and Hong Kong, Pi­eter To­e­rien is pre­sent­ing Sin­gin’ in the Rain at Artscape from De­cem­ber 11 to Jan­uary 10, then heads to Joburg on Jan­uary 15.

Tour­ing un­der its Lon­don brand, it is based on the comedic 1952 mu­si­cal on the in­dus­try’s stormy switch from silent to sound movies, which starred Gene Kel­ley and Deb­bie Reynolds.

We are be­ing treated to the 2011 Lon­don West End pro­duc­tion: the same set, cos­tumes and cre­ative team, but with a South African com­pany of 27. Grant Almi­rall and Bethany Dick­son take on the prin­ci­pal roles as Don and Kathy, with Steven van Wyk as Cosmo Brown and Taryn- Lee Hud­son as Lina La­mont.

Bub­bling be­neath the glam­our and fun in Sin­gin’ in the Rain, is a wry com­men­tary on fame, celebrity the film in­dus­try, and the cost of keep­ing up a façade to con­ceal per­sonal truths. It’s a pe­riod piece but con­tem­po­rary au­di­ences clearly feel a con­nec­tion.

What does Grant Almi­rall think is pulling in au­di­ences?


DRENCHED: Anne Power, Mila De Bi­aggi, Steven van Wyk, Grant Almi­rall, Bethany Dick­son in

at the St James The­atre, Welling­ton, New Zealand in April.

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