Singin' in the Rain | Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Danny Gardner, Mary Michael Patterson, and Richard Riaz Yoder in Singin' in the Rain

Danny Gardner, Mary Michael Patterson, and Richard Riaz Yoder in Singin' in the Rain

Justin Barbin

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31 2016
Price: $47-$52
Tammy Mader has choreographed some sweet bits for this version of the 1983 stage musical based on the celebrated movie. The sequence set to "Gotta Dance" is a particularly big, bright deal, and the tapping overall is sharp. As good as Mader, director William Brown, and the cast are, though, they haven't solved an essential problem: the original—an MGM-produced tale of silent screen stars dealing with the advent of talkies—remains unforgettable. The 1952 celluloid performances by Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds haunt each scene and song here. In fact, Brown and Mader abet the haunting (what choice do they have?) by duplicating the film's classic moments, from the upset sofa in "Good Morning" to, of course, the deluge in the title number. You leave the theater humming the tunes, sure enough, but also wondering why you didn't simply stream the movie. —Tony Adler

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