Seattle Goes Singin’ in the Rain as MGM Musical Begins at 5th Avenue Theatre, Feb. 12

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Seattle's The 5th Avenue Theatre provides the appropriate locale for its staging of Singin’ in the Rain, beginning Feb. 12.

The co-production with Houston's Theatre Under The Stars and Sacramento's California Musical Theatre plays through March 5 at the Washington stage. Jamie Rocco directs and choreographs.

The Seattle production stars Michael Gruber (Broadway's Swing!, A Chorus Line) as the role Gene Kelly made famous, Don Lockwood. Michael Arnold (Kiss Me, Kate; Cabaret) portrays Cosmo Brown opposite Christina Saffran Ashford (Sophisticated Ladies, The Music Man) as Kathy Seldon and Lisa Estridge (5th Avenue's Hair, Smokey Joe's Cafe) as silent movie star Lina Lamont.

Based on the classic 1952 MGM movie musical, the stage version Singin’ in the Rain follows the Hollywood story set against a backdrop of the 1920's silent movie industry and the revolution of sound.

The show features music by Nacio Herb Brown, lyrics by Seattle-area native Arthur Freed and a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (based on their screenplay). The score includes such celebrated songs as "Good Morning," "All I Do Is Dream of You," "Broadway Melody," "You Are My Lucky Star," "Moses Supposes," "Make 'Em Laugh," and the title song (featuring a drenching dance scene, just as the film did).

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. Jeff Rizzo serves as musical director and conductor. The design team includes Tom Sturge (lighting), Greg Barnes (costumes), Michael Anania (set), Andy Horka (sound) and Mary Pyanowski (hair/make-up).

Tickets to Singin’ in the Rain at The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle, Washington, are available by phone at (206) 292-ARTS (2787) or visit www.5thavenuetheatre.org.

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