Tuesday 6 November 2012

What a glorious feeling, I'm happy again.

Phew, I came back from my blogging break at the right time – suddenly my inbox has exploded with exciting events and opportunities! I’ve had a few events recently that I’ve come home from with a huge smile on my face – just some fantastic experiences that I feel very lucky to have been a part of, such as Look Scary.

Nudging to the top of the list though might well be my recent night out at Singin' In The Rain. I was over the moon when I received the email inviting me to a special blogger’s preview evening, and quickly emailed my best friend at work to see if she was up for it (obviously she was). Despite not having a musical bone in my body (if you ever meet me, ask me to sing for you and you will be assured that I’m telling the truth) I absolutely LOVE musicals, ever since I did Theatre Studies A Level and fell head over heels in love with Rent. I had the soundtrack, knew all the words – basically, I was incredibly cool.

I just don’t GO to the theatre enough, though. So many West End shows have come and gone, and I just haven’t got round to it. Despite Singin' In The Rain being one of my favourite films, I’m not sure I would have got off my bum and got myself down to The Palace Theatre, so having the opportunity presented to me was even better. We arranged ourselves in a row behind Carrie, Lucy and Liv (and their plus ones) and settled in. It was a FANTASTIC show. The costumes were to die for, especially the dresses – sparkly, detailed, colourful 1920s numbers that I couldn’t take my eyes off. The set is great, too, with real water used in the iconic title sequence (so much so that the first two rows are supplied with waterproofs to wear!). It actually uses 14,000 litres of water in every show (which is all recycled back into a tank in the orchestra pit) and that’s not hard to believe – you could swim on that stage after they were done!

I don’t want to give too much away because I really just think you should go. Even if you’re not familiar with the film, you should check it out – it’s funny, fascinating and beautiful to look at. The dancing is absolutely out of this world, too; I don’t ever recall being so taken with the dancing in a musical before. It is amazing how many dances the cast must have memorised, particularly the three leads. I came out of the theatre singing ‘Make ‘Em Laugh’ under my breath, with a big goofy smile on my face. Cosmo 4 Lyf.

I'll leave you with my ultimate favourite bit of trivia from the movie - in the scene where Kathy (Debbie Reynolds) is singing behind the scenes for Lina (Jean Hagen), it's REALLY Jean Hagen dubbing for Debbie Reynolds! Mind. Blown.

PS - I wasn't allowed to take photos I'm afraid, so these are c/o Premier Comms, photo credit Manuel Harlan.


  1. I've wanted to see Singin' In the Rain for years! It looks amazing, will have to go now! I didn't realise they actually used THAT much water in a single performance, that's pretty impressive! Glad you had a good time, the pictures look great x

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  3. WOW!!! IM SO JEALOUS!!!!! I am such a theatre geek! I too was THAT kind of Rent person, although we did also perform it as a group, so I think im slightly more allowed! I love going the the theatre, I spent a lot of my life singing, dancing, performing on the stage and love that feeling coming back after watching! Thankfully, studying a degree in Drama I got the opportunity to have my eyes opened to even more and I owe them so much for that! Singing in the Rain looks great, it has always been one of my top favs! xxx

  4. Amazing! I love the theatre. Luckily Edinburgh has a brilliant culture scene, and we get a fair few of the big musicals when they are touring.

    Slightly random fact - I recently had a work meeting in the Palace Theatre (there are theatre production offices on the top floors)& it was so cool getting to go in through the stage door & see props lying around! x


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