Currently playing at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre before transferring to the Sydney Lyric in early July, the Australian production of Singin’ in the Rain has announced the withdrawal of leading man Adam Garcia due to injury.
Playing the role of Don Lockwood, Mr Garcia suffered an injury whilst performing on stage last Sunday which has been identified as a tear in his calf muscle. As a result, he will not be able to perform for potentially up to six weeks.
Mr Garcia has been exciting audiences in Melbourne with his performances but sadly, will now be unable to complete the season at Her Majesty’s Theatre. His injury also rules him out of the opening weeks of the Sydney season. Stepping into the role of Don Lockwood for the duration of Mr Garcia’s absence will be talented actor Grant Almirall.
Mr Almirall has starred in many international productions around the world, and has performed the lead role of Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain over the past 18 months on its international tour to South Africa, New Zealand and Hong Kong, to great popular and critical acclaim.
Mr Almirall has been part of the Australian company as the stand-by Don Lockwood. New Zealand critics praised Mr Almirall’s combination of ‘balletic elegance…with gleeful exuberance’, his ‘sweet tenor voice carrying the delicate emotions of You Were Meant For Me’ and his ‘charming and joyful rendition’ of Singin’ in the Rain.
One of Australia’s emerging musical theatre stars, Rob Mallett will also perform the role of Don Lockwood at some performances. Both gentlemen will bring all the charm, charisma and energy to the role, thrilling audiences until Adam Garcia is able to return to the stage.
Singin’ in the Rain also stars Jack Chambers as Cosmo Brown, Gretel Scarlett as Kathy Selden and Erika Heynatz as Lina Lamont. Robyn Arthur, Rodney Dobson and Mike Bishop also feature alongside an incredible supporting cast of 20 of Australia’s brightest musical theatre performers.
The production has been hailed by critics and audiences alike, and this week garnered 3 Helpmann Award nominations including: Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Jack Chambers; Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Erika Heynatz; and Best Choreography in a Musical.
Singin’ in the Rain continues in Melbourne until 2 July, opens at Sydney Lyric on 7 July, before seasons in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. For more information, visit: www.singin.com.au for details.
Image: Adam Garcia as Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain – photo by Jeff Busby