Now I cannot say enough good things about Wednesday night’s show! It is a spectacle that needs to be seen to be believed. The first thing that caught my eye was the stage. I am always amazed at the simplicity of the props and basic design of the theater whenever I walk into the North Shore Music Theater (NSMT.) Now with that being said that is not a dis on the theater in any way in fact it is a wonderful thing! I find it absolutely amazing what the set designers and prop department are able to accomplish every time there is a new show in town. I would go into specifics but I feel that it is simply something that needs to be experienced firsthand. One thing that I will say however is that they certainly know how to bring a little tough of movie magic to the real world!
Now I must make the disclaimer that I had never seen the theatrical release of Singing in the Rain or any Broadway or Off-Broadway productions of this show before seeing this and I’m glad I hadn’t! With this being my first time witnessing this show it gave me the chance to be unbiased and not go into the show with any pre-conceived notions of what to expect.
NSMT has quite the cast for this production and they are all simply bursting with talent. We have Mark Evans that played Don Lockwood, Tessa Grady as Kathy Selden, Sean McGibbon as Cosmo Brown, Steve Brady as R.F. Simpson, David Coffee as Roscoe Dexter and of course Emily Stockdale as Lina Lamont.
Evans was nothing short of simply wonderful. He seemed to embody the charter of Mr. Lockwood perfectly. He brought so much light and obvious enjoyment to his charter I can’t see what there isn’t to love. Grady was amazing! Her voice was such a joy to listen to and she looked nothing short of at home on the stage. I swear there were sparks flying that night on stage between Evans and Grady. You could see the physical and emotional chemistry that those two share (even if it is just work related.) Brady was just great, it seemed as if he was born to play the role of R.F. Simpson. Brady was funny, energetic, cunning witty and fun. McGibbon who played Cosmo was fantastic! McGibbon was a fantastic choice for Mr. Brown’s character who is someone who is big into physical comedy and doesn’t seem to take life too seriously but has nothing but support and love for his closest friends. You could see just how much fun he was having on that stage all night through. Coffee is a NSMT legend he has been in over fifty productions with the theater. The role of Dexter was absolutely perfect for Coffee. He is the prefect embodiment of someone who knows what they want and just how to go and get it. Stockdale was great! I am not sure I have even seen someone strep into a character so effortlessly. I must also comment on the level of talent both musically and each and every one of them had with their foot work.
The dancing and singing was just amazing all around and after everything was said and done I remember thinking that I didn’t ever want the night to end. After seeing the NSMT’s rendition of singing in the rain I went back and actually watched the film (I felt it was a must!) After seeing the film, I truly felt that every actor and actress that was chosen for this production was nothing sort of perfect for each of their chosen roles. The ensemble truly brought this whole production together making it nothing short of a spectacle.
Story Written By: Nicole Lynne Wood
Wood Media Co-Owner/Staff Writer
Wood Media Theater Reviewers are a husband and wife team which includes Mark & Nicole Wood of Beverly.