Ogunquit Playhouse's new production of Singin' in the Rain officially opens at the Maine venue June 17, with performances scheduled to continue through July 15. Broadway favorite Max Clayton (The Music Man) leads the cast as Don Lockwood, with Jayme McDaniel directing. Previews began June 15.
Joining Clayton in the cast are Christian Probst (The Book of Mormon) as Cosmo Brown, Chiara Trentalange (Girl From the North Country) as Kathy Selden, Greg Jackson as Roscoe Dexter, Kate Loprest as Lina Lamont, and Lance Roberts as R.F. Simpson. The ensemble includes Katie Brunson, Calvin L’Mont Cooper, Nick Davis, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Alex Drost, Jaime Foord, Leeds Hill, Will Jewett, Dot Kelly, Joey Kummert, Maddy Miller, Jordon Taylor, Jake Urban, Alex Temple Ward, Jillian Wessel, Elizabeth Yanick, and Tyler Zydel. Rounding out the company as swings are Gino Bloomberg and Taylor Kurtz. Casting is by ARC Casting's Mark Brandon.
Based on the MGM classic, Singin' in the Rain satirizes the movie industry's shift from silent film to talkies in the 1920s, following fictional Hollywood stars Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont as their studio looks to rescue their longtime silent screen partnership by transforming their latest flick into a movie musical. With a story by Broadway's Betty Comden and Adolph Green (On the Town, Applause), the film was conceived as a jukebox musical featuring the songs of Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown, including "Fit as a Fiddle," "All I Do Is Dream of You," "You Are My Lucky Star," "Good Morning," and the iconic title number. The stage adaptation premiered in 1983 in London's West End, playing a brief run on Broadway in 1985.
Ogunquit's production features choreography by Kristyn Pope, music direction by Matt Smedal, scenic design by Andy Walmsley, costume design by Dustin Cross, lighting design by Richard Latta, sound design by Germán Martinez, and wig design by Roxanne De Luna. Nikki Lint is production stage manager.
Also in Ogunquit's 2023 summer-fall season: On Your Feet!, running July 20–August 19; the American premiere of The Da Vinci Code, running August 24–September 23; and Tootsie, running September 28–October 29.
This production of Singin' in the Rain is licensed by Music Theatre International.