Danette Holden and Michael Gruber Star in Singin' in the Rain for Theatre Under the Stars, Dec. 2-19

News   Danette Holden and Michael Gruber Star in Singin' in the Rain for Theatre Under the Stars, Dec. 2-19 A new production of Singin' in the Rain makes a splash at Theatre Under The Stars in Houston Dec. 2-19 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

The stage version of the famed film has music by Nacio Herb Brown, lyrics by Arthur Freed and a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (based on their screenplay). Singin' in the Rain features such beloved tunes as "Good Morning," "All I Do Is Dream of You," "Broadway Melody," "Make 'Em Laugh," and the title song (during which, the actor playing movie star Don Lockwood gets drenched, just as Gene Kelly did in the immortal M-G-M picture).

The cast includes Michael Gruber (Broadway's Swing! and Miss Saigon) as Don Lockwood, Randy Rogel as Cosmo Brown, Danette Holden (TUTS' Kiss Me Kate) as Kathy Selden, Rachel DeBenedet (soon to appear in Broadway's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as Lina Lamont, Charles Bailey as Roscoe Dexter, William McCauley as R.F. Simpson, Chesley Santoro as Dora Bailey/Ms. Dinsmore and Stewart Gregory as Rod/Diction Teacher.

The ensemble cast includes Robert M. Armitage, Richard Bulda, Ven Daniel, Shane Dickson, Rob Flebbe, Lisa Harvie, Monica Hatter-Mayes, Robin Levine, Lyndsay Lunsmann, Joey Matta, Brent McBeth, Jayme McDaniel, Garrett Miller, Maya Perkins, Krissy Richmond, Laura Scott, Alan Souza, Billy Sprague, Jr., Stephanie Stevenson, Pamela C. Turpen, Brooke Wilson and Jessica Wright.

Young performers from TUTS' Humphreys School of Musical Theatre in the cast include Staci Bonura, Cara Cochran, Heather Cook, Lauren Dolk, Rachel Drouillard, Kalyn Hemphill, Alicia Keene, Chad Legg, Victoria Mora, Andrew Schienthal, Brooke Singer, Sarah Stanley, Sandra Valles, Charity Van Tassel and Kyra Wagstaff.

Jamie Rocco directs and choreographs the production. He recently choreographed the world premiere musical, Yankee Doodle Dandy. Singin' in the Rain has scenic design by Michael Anania, sound design by Christopher "Kit" Bond, costume design by Greg Barnes, and lighting design by David Neville. Jeff Rizzo is musical director/conductor for the show.

"Singin' in the Rain is an uproarious spoof of Hollywood in the 1920s, when the talkies were just beginning," according to TUTS. "The stage version retains all the glamour, romance, comedy, tap-dancing extravaganza and high-stepping shenanigans brought to life by movie icons Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor in the Academy Award-nominated film."

The Tony-nominated stage version made its Broadway debut on July 2, 1985 and ran for 367 performances. The licensed version of the show includes revisions since the Broadway production, which was directed and choreographed by Twyla Tharp.

For information, call (713) 558-8887 or (888) 558-3882 or visit www.tuts.com.

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Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), one of America's largest producers of non-profit musical theatre, was founded in 1968 by Frank M. Young.

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