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A Spectacular Singin in the Rain at The John W. Engeman Theater

Danny Gardner as Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain. Photo by Michael DeCristofaro

A true delight just opened at the Engeman Theater in Northport: the musical Singin’ in the Rain based on the ultra-famous movie runs through July 1, 2018. The plot is just like the movie, which was released in 1952 and set in Hollywood in the silent screen era of the 1920s. Engeman does a fantastic job of recreating the Hollywood glamour of a golden age and this romantic comedy will appeal not only to those who remember the film but even to the younger crowd who will appreciate the catchy tunes. Much to everyone’s amazement, it even rains on stage. Anyone who has seen the movie won’t forget Gene Kelly splashing around in the film during the famous tune, “Singin’ in the Rain.” Seeing this scene live on stage, complete with water streaming down from above, is even more amazing; perhaps because it engages more of our senses than just the visual and hearing senses while watching a film.

The musical centers around romantic lead Don Lockwood, played by Danny Gardner; his sidekick Cosmo Brown (Brian Shepard); aspiring actress and talented vocalist Kathy Selden (Tessa Grady), and Lockwood’s leading, and quite glamorous, lady Lina Lamont (Emily Stockdale), whose interesting vocal tones induce laughs throughout the show.

Produced by Richard Dolce, the Engeman Theater’s Producing Artistic Director, and directed and choreographed by Drew Humphrey (Engeman Theater: Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern MillieA Chorus Line, Gypsy, Oklahoma!, White Christmas), Singin’ in the Rain‘s musical director is Jonathan Brenner (Engeman Theater: Annie; Music Director: The Runaway Clone (NYMF ’15), Shelter (NYMF ’12); Composer: The Runaway Clone, Sapien-Sapien-Sapien; Pianist: Broadway Sings Concert Series; Music Director (Academic): Broadway Artists Alliance, ApplauseNY).

Danny Gardner, who absolutely reigns as lead Don Lockwood, has the following stage credits: Broadway: Lucky in Dames at Sea; New York: Radio City Music Hall’s NY Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes, City Center Encores!’ Lady, Be Good!; Regional: Bobby Child in Crazy For You at Washington, D.C.’s Signature Theatre, Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain at Chicago’s Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Frump in Between the Lines at Kansas City Rep). Tessa Grady as Kathy Selden is captivating both as an actress and singer. Her credits include Broadway: Dames at Sea, Cinderella, Annie; Off/Pre-Broadway: The Honeymooners, Carefree: Dancing with Fred and Ginger, First Wives Club, Gotta Get a Girl, Chasing Rainbows; TV: “King of Queens.” Emily Stockdale as Lina Lamont steals the comedic limelight with her unusual voice and her hilarious mannerisms; she has previously acted in Singin’ in the Rain at North Shore Music Theatre and Maltz Jupiter Theater,  as well as Born Yesterday and Nunsense at Northern Stage, Company at Geva Theater, More Than All the World at Theater for the New City;  and the film: “The Milliner”). Also featured is Brian Shepard as Cosmo Brown (Broadway: Something Rotten, Spamalot, Young Frankenstein, Follies, Guys & Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, Peter Pan; Regional: Mary Poppins, How to Succeed, White Christmas, On the Town, Singin’ in the Rain).

Tessa Grady (Kathy Selden), Danny Gardner (Don Lockwood), Emily Stockdale (Lina Lamont – on screen) and Michael Santora. Photo by Michael DeCristofaro.

The cast also includes: DANIELLE ALIOTTA, EMILY BLAKE ANDERSON, BRYAN THOMAS HUNT, LEER LEARY, LILY LEWIS, CLAIRE LOGAN, ANDREW METZGAR, CORINNE MUNSCH, DANIEL PLIMPTON, BEN PRAYZ, EMILIE RENIER, MICHAEL SANTORA, BRITTE STEELE, PETER SURACE, and MICHAEL J. VERRE.

Singin’ in the Rain will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays at 8:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00. Some Wednesday and Sunday evenings are available. Tickets are $78 on Saturday evenings, $73 all other performances and may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, going online at www.EngemanTheater.com, or by visiting the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport.

 

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