FROM film to fashion, the world has long held a love affair with Hollywood’s golden age.
With last year’s smash hit The Artist sweeping the awards boards, it seems that the nostalgic era of the silent movie is well and truly in vogue.
No theatre production could embody it more than Singin’ in the Rain, the musical based on the 1952 MGM film of the same name — which is perhaps why the Glasgow Light Opera Club are the latest to bring it to life.
The amateur group —— formed by southsiders back in 1907 — take to the King’s Theatre stage from Tuesday.
The venue may be city centre, but the cast is firmly rooted in this side of the river, with southsider Aaron Mooney taking the role of Cosmo Brown and Elaine McVey, from Newton Mearns, as Zelda Zanders.
And for those who know little more about it than Gene Kelly splashing around umbrella in hand, the story is a lighthearted attempt to document Hollywood’s move from silent flicks to talkies.
The role originally played by Kelly is Don Lockwood — a film star increasingly irritated by a shallow (not to mention hard on the ears) leading lady, Lina Lamont.
Enter Kathy Selden — a chorus girl with the makings of a star (not to mention Don’s love interest) who steps in as a hidden voiceover for the grating Lina.
Aided by Don’s best friend, Cosmo, the duo turn their efforts to the studio’s next big hit, The Dancing Cavalier — but what happens when the diva discovers their ruse?
Hailed as one of the greatest American musicals, the show is full of instantly recognisable tunes — Good Mornin’, You Are My Lucky Star and Make ‘Em Laugh to name a few.
And of course, no production would be complete without the title tune — and a twirling umbrella to boot.
Whether the Light Opera Club will be bringing inclement weather indoors with them remains to be seen — but bring on the rain, because it seems certain that audiences will leave with a smile on their face.
Singin’ in the Rain runs at the King’s, October 16-20. Performances 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on Wed and Sat. Tickets £14-£22, from 0844 871 7648. Extra readers can claim a number of discounts for the show. Family offer for two adults and two children on Tues/Wed for £30, Sat for £40 — quote OCTWEEK. For £2 off Fri show, quote SITR2 and for £5 off upper circle tickets on any night, quote SITR1.