About the inscenation
The story is set in 1927, when a silent film star couple, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, are faced with the challenge of starting to talk in films. For Don, this is no complication, unlike Lina, whose voice is ridiculously squeaky. It already looks like the shooting of the new film is going to be a fiasco. But there’s also Don’s good friend Cosmo Brown, a pianist and composer, who comes up with an idea… And that’s when the young and beautiful aspiring actress Kathy Selden shows up. She charms Don (there would be no musical without love…) and eventually the two friends come up with the idea that she could dub Lina. Come to the Hybernia Theatre to see how everything will turn out!
You can look forward to numerous beautiful music, funny lyrics, crazy situations, but also interesting dance choreography and tap dancing. „I’m singin’ in the rain. Just singin’ in the rain. What a glorious feeling! I’m happy again….”, once wrote Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown, and the song from the musical Singin’ in the Rain became popular. However, at that time we knew only the film version of the romantic musical comedy from 1952. The stage version of Singin’ in the Rain did not appear until 1985. It first opened at Broadway’s Gershwin Theater, and had a total of 367 sold-out performances. Later, the musical was performed on stages all over the world. So far in Czechia, the Singin’ in the Rain musical has been presented ten times. It had its Czech premiere at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre (Jiří Myron Theatre) in Ostrava in 1999 and was most recently performed by the South Bohemian Theatre Opera in České Budějovice in 2015. Among the most successful was the Liberec version directed by Oldřich Kříž. With the musical stars of the first quality, it was performed until 2015. A variation of this production came to Prague’s Hybernia Theatre in the beginning of 2023. And there is definitely a lot of things to look forward to!
VIP tickets include a backstage tour, which also features a tour of the terrace with a beautiful view of Prague.
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Creatives and Cast
Actors in the films
An enjoyable and relaxing retro-musical that manages to make good points in comic situations. This is mainly due to the quality of the cast of the central trio (J.Kříž, R.Urban, B.Šampalíková). However, the main star is K.Bohatová as Lina, who really played with the vocal expression of her character and her “well, yeah” makes me laugh even a few days after watching it. There were also challenging dance numbers under the baton of P. Parvoničová.
Most of the protagonists have grown into their roles and now shine as stars.
Singin’ in the Rain is one of the most acclaimed and beloved musical classics. In Czechia, the story from the early days of sound film has already received dozens of productions. It was first performed in Ostrava in 1999 and two years later at the Karlín Musical Theatre. Now it has returned to Prague in a production adapted and directed by Oldřich Kříž, which premiered in 2011 in Liberec and then also in České Budějovice, and which already featured the basis of the current cast. However, this does not affect the impressiveness of the production, on the contrary, most of the protagonists have grown into their roles and now shine as stars. This is especially the case of Jan Kříž as Don Lockwood, who literally enjoys the role in terms of singing, movement and acting. His Don goes from a bit of a self-important movie star to sobering up from the tawdry fame. His excellent partner is Jan Révai, who, still in top condition, creates the sympathetic character of Cosmo Brown. Both of them very skillfully perform a number of well choreographed tap dancing numbers. Kateřina Bohatová in the role of Lina Lamont, creates an accurate caricature of a spoiled and stupid starlet with her squeaky voice and cuddly intonation, but she can also sing brilliantly when needed. The role of Kate Selden must have been written for Maria Křížová, and she and her husband Jan Kříž make a pleasant acting couple. However, everyone else also deserves credit – from Oldřich Kříž as the choleric and patient director Dexter, Martin Polách as the ironically good-natured producer Simpson, to the well-dancing and singing company.
A musical from the time when the sound film started, it’s delightfully retro.
Jan Kříž, in the role of the film star Don Lockwood, again shows his high acting and singing standards, this time also adding impressive tap dancing numbers. He makes Don a sympathetic character, keeping his self-importance at a minimum, giving him an almost boyish impression, especially in the scenes with his long-time friend Cosmo Brown. Robert Urban lends his Cosmo Brown the charm of a glossator, and he does a great job in the dance scenes, showing his talent for moving. The third in the group, Barbora Šampalíková, plays Kate Selden as a cheerful and devoted girl; it seemed to me that in the first part the actress was struggling with a slight vocal indisposition, but after the break I didn’t notice any more difficulties. The main star of this production is, of course, Kateřina Bohatová as the starry-mannered Lina Lamont. This role is extremely rewarding, it offers the opportunity to play with the vocal expression, which Bohatová took full advantage of. She holds her character’s insufferable fistula throughout the whole performance, and her “oh yeah” causes gales of laughter every time it sounds.
Oldřich Križ’s production (perhaps in a slightly altered form, but I have to admit I didn’t recognize any major changes in the more than 10 years) is a sympathetic classic that combines a quality basis. A time-tested musical with a similarly quality craft. It would probably look better with richer decorations and especially live music. However, please the audience in the current form, too. It dazzles especially with great acting, singing and dancing performances by the central quartet performed by J. Kříž, M. Křížová, R. Urban and I. Hošpesová.