Review of Singin' in the Rain at Sheffield City Hall, by Helen Johnston.
The sun was shining outside, but inside Sheffield City Hall the rain was giving us a glorious feeling and making us happy again.
Singin’ In The Rain’s eponymous song and dance routine was recreated to perfection in this splash hit by Manor Operatic.
Audience members sitting in the front row were sprayed as in-love Don Lockwood (James Smith) danced his way through the puddles as the rain poured down.
Smith, who learnt to tap dance specially for this role, looked perfectly at ease as he glided through various routines with the excellent Isabelle Sykes as his sweetheart Kathy Selden, and Jack Skelton as his friend Cosmo Brown.
Skelton was mesmerising in his Make ‘Em Laugh routine, especially when he did two back flips against a door as easily as any gymnast. His assured performance throughout was all the more astonishing given that he’s only 16.
The story, about the advent of ‘talking pictures’ and their impact on the shrill-voiced actress Lina Lamont - played with ear-piercing precision by Emma Holmes – is almost incidental to the music and the timeless lyrics of the songs.
This was a classic feel-good show from start to finish, bringing joy whatever the weather.