Saladino Dance Productions to Present SINGIN' AND DANCIN' IN THE RAIN at Lyric Theatre, 2/22-23

Saladino Dance Productions to Present SINGIN' AND DANCIN' IN THE RAIN at Lyric Theatre, 2/22-23

Saladino Dance Productions' Rome Saladino and Marina Putane have assembled a superb eight-member ensemble to perform Singin' and Dancin' in the Rain, their tribute to Hollywood's legendary song and dance man, Gene Kelly. The show consistently received standing ovations when it played at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center and the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College.

Singin' and Dancin' in the Rain will run for two performances only - February 22nd and 23rd at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart.

Featuring performers from Broadway, international, national, and local companies, the show pays homage to Kelly, who was one of America's most renowned and innovative choreographers.

"Gene Kelly wasn't just one of the greatest song and dance men of all time," says Saladino, "He helped shape the movie-musical! Not only is his Singin' in the Rain still arguably the best movie musical of all-time, but his An American in Paris and On the Town are also in the top 25! And they were all done in the 1950's! Now that's worth celebrating!"

Marina Putane agrees: "I feel I was born in the wrong era, because the dances we perform in honor of MR. Kelly have a style and class that I am much more comfortable in." she explains. "Even the numbers that are "sexy" -- they are always tastefully done."

Singin' and Dancin' in the Rain features musical selections from some of Kelly's most memorable films, including Pal Joey, For Me and My Gal, Anchors Aweigh, On the Town, An American in Paris, and of course, Singin' in the Rain, and will showcase music by a roster of legendary Broadway composers - including Rodgers and Hart, Jerome Kern, Ira and George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, and Cole Porter.

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Carol Kassie Carol Kassie has had a deep and abiding love for the arts, particularly theatre, since she was a small child and her parents presented her with an original Broadway cast recording of "My Fair Lady". Armed with a degree in Theatre from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) in Montreal, Canada, she became ?a librarian. She spent 30 years in Ottawa, Canada, raising two children with her husband, Ralph, working first as a librarian and then in the family's Army/Navy business, all the while actively participating in many of the Ottawa Community's cultural events. A move to South Florida in 2001 offered her an opportunity to return to her first love, theatre, and she jumped at the chance ? she currently does freelance theatrical marketing, public relations, and audience growth and development for various local and national theatres, theatre companies, and cultural organizations, and serves on the board of directors of the South Florida Theatre League as chairman of the Marketing Committee .

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