The full Australian cast of the splash-hit West End stage production Singin’ in the Rain has been announced. Opening next May at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre, and followed by a season from July at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre, the production will then tour to Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Previously announced star of stage and screen Adam Garcia will play the lead role of Don Lockwood in this Australian production. Joining Adam as his sidekick Cosmo Brown is the dynamic Jack Chambers. Earning a place in Australian entertainment history when he won the first So You Think You Can Dance in 2008, Jack went on to spend 14 months in New York working as a choreographer and teacher at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School, returning to Australia to star as Link Larkin in Hairspray the Musical.
The role of aspiring actress Kathy Selden will be played by the extraordinary Gretel Scarlett, star of Grease, Wicked and Mamma Mia! One of Australia’s emerging leading ladies, Gretel was a finalist in 2011’s ‘ANZ Trustees Rob Guest Endowment Award’ and last year released her debut album Hopelessly Devoted.
Erika Heynatz, nominated for a Helpmann Award for her role as Brooke Windham in Legally Blonde and earning rave reviews for her portrayal of Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, will play Lockwood’s vapid leading lady, Lina Lamont. With a comprehensive and full career that spans more than 40 years, Robyn Arthur joins this stellar cast as Hollywood gossip reporter, Dora Bailey.
Acclaimed actors also joining the cast include Rodney Dobson as Roscoe Dexter and Mike Bishop as RF Simpson alongside an incredible supporting cast Ben Brown, Nadia Coote, Stefanie De Castro, Jan Di Pietro, Samantha Leigh Dodemaide, Ben Gillespie, Jillian Green, Melanie Hawkins, Matthew Jenson, Lauren Jimmieson, Rob Mallett, Sam Marks, Hayley Martin, Meghan O’Shea, Glen Oliver, Nathan Pinnell, Jordan Pollard, Romina Villafranca, Rachael Ward and Lyndon Watts.
Produced in Australia by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Dainty Group International, Michael Cassel Group, and David Atkins Enterprises the popular musical will thrill audiences as they experience high-octane choreography, sumptuous sets and costumes and the exhilarating spectacle of rain live on stage!
Making a splash from the moment it premiered, this sensational production of Singin’ in the Rain extended its original run at the Chichester Festival Theatre in the UK due to unprecedented public demand, before transferring to the famous Palace Theatre in London in 2012.
Now, after a sell-out West End season, unparalleled praise from critics and audiences alike, four Olivier Award nominations, a major UK tour, New Zealand season and current Asian Tour, Singin’ in the Rain is set to delight Australian audiences in 2016. For more information, visit: www.singin.com.au for details.
Image: Adam Garcia, Gretel Scarlett and Jack Chambers will star in Singin’ in the Rain – photo by Brian Geach