Photo Flash: Westchester Broadway Theatre's SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
The Hit Musical, Singin' In The Rain, is an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza! Based on one of the most celebrated and beloved movies of all time, Singin' In The Rain jubilantly taps its way onto WBT's stage this Spring. Reveling in parody, the musical turns the precarious birth of the "talkies" (and the demise of nearly all silent picture stars during the late 20s) into an unforgettably hilarious, light-hearted romantic comedy. Singin' In The Rain has been described as "one of the best musicals of all time" featuring some of the best loved comedy routines, dance numbers, and songs ever written, including "Good Morning," "Make ‘Em Laugh," "Moses Supposes," "You Were Meant For Me" and, of course, "Singin' In The Rain."
The musical was adapted by Broadway legends, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their own original award-winning screenplay of the 1952 hit musical film that starred Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly. Lyrics are by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown. Original Choreography is by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen.
The story follows Don Lockwood, a silent-screen film star, who, at one time, was a Vaudeville song-and-dance man. Don is starring in a silent film that is in the Douglas Fairbanks tradition (the action taking place in 18th century France). His former partner, CosMo Brown, plays on-set piano during the shooting of the film. The film's co-star and would-be fiancée, Lina Lamont, stands to wreck a great thing when talkies become the rage. Her voice has a nasal rasp that resists the best speech coaches. Then there is the sweet, spunky, talented Kathy Seldon who agrees to dub Lina's voice. Kathy and Don fall in love; that love and her career are jeopardized by a jealous, power-drunk Lina... but of course, everything works out in the end... boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back!
The WBT production, stars Jeremy Benton as Don Lockwood, Shannon O'Bryan as Kathy Selden and Cody Williams as CosMo Brown. Allie Schauer portrays the silent movie star, Lina Lamont, William McCauley is R.F. Simpson, and Mike Singer as Roscoe Dexter, The ensemble features Emily Jan Bender, Lindsey Bliven, Tim Dolan, Andy Geary, Robb Gibbs, Alexa Glover, Con O'Shea-Creal, Courtney Rottenberger, Jonathan Stahl, Karen Webb, Chaz Wolcott and Libby Wood
The Production is Directed and Choreographed by Richard Stafford who had been at the helm for several WBT productions including Beauty & The Beast and Gypsy. Associate Director/Choreographer is Jonathan Stahl. Set Design is by Steven Loftus, Costume Design by Gail Baldoni, Lighting Design is by Andrew Gmoser, Sound Design by Jonathan Hatton and Mark Zuckerman. Properties by Grumpy's Props, Wigs/Hair by Gerard Kelly, Production Stage Manager is Victor Lukas and the Assistant Stage Manager is Ron Rogell.
Shannon M. O'Bryan (Kathy Selden) Broadway: 42nd Street, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Encores!: Follies, Of Thee I Sing. Starred as Peggy Sawyer in 42ND STREET at Westchester Broadway Theatre and performed the role all over the U.S and in Moscow, Russia. Some Tours/Regional credits include, Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Judy Haynes), An American in Paris (Mimi), Face the Music ,Grease (Sandy), and Gypsy (Dainty June) 42nd Street 1st national (Peggy).
Jeremy Benton (Don Lockwood). Broadway: 42nd Street (w/Shirley Jones) Film: The Producers Tours/Regional: 42nd Street, Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Original Cast Recording), Kennedy Center's Mame (w/Christine Baranski). Premieres: The Witches of Eastwick (w/Marc Kudisch), Lone Star Love (w/Randy Quaid), Ace (w/Emily Skinner), An American In Paris (w/Harry Groener), Stormy Weather(w/Leslie Uggams), Backwards In High Heels (played Fred Astaire), Reel To Real: The Movies Musical(Beijing/Edinburgh debut). Favorites include Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street, Bobby Child in Crazy For You, Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, Pat Gilbert in State Fair, Harry Bailey in A Wonderful Life, and Bob Hope in CAGNEY!
Cody Williams (CosMo Brown) Recently Cody received a Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Best Leading Actor for his portrayal of Will Parker in Arena Stage's Oklahoma! He also recently played Hiram Cohen in Roundabout's Workshop of Yank! Other professional credits include numerous shows with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. He is a proud graduate of CCM class of 2010.
Ticket Prices: Dinner & Show range between $52.00 and $75.00 PLUS TAX depending on the performance chosen. Beverage Service & Gratuities are not included in the ticket price. Discounts are available for children, students, and senior citizens at selected performances. Also check the Website for On-going Special Offers! More news at: www.BroadwayTheatreBlog.com.
Show Times: Wednesday & Thursday Matinees: Lunch: 11:30am &. Show: 1pm.
Thursday Friday and Saturday Evenings: Dinner: 6:30pm. & Show: 8pm
Sunday Matinees: Lunch: 12pm &. Show: 1:30pm.
Sunday Evenings: Dinner: 5:30pm. & Show: 7pm
Reservations: Call (914)-592-2222. Also at: www.BroadwayTheatre.com
Group Reservations: Discounts for Groups of 20 or More: Call 592-2225.
Photos By John Vecchiolla
The Company Performs "Singin' In The Rain"