As for Dunstable's Faye Tozer, she plays the beautiful Lina Lamont whose squeaky voice was fine for the silent era although she could never make it in the talkies. The pop star from Steps certainly has great fun as the preening silent movie icon and she certainly plays the role for laughs… but she acts pretty angrily when she finds out from her friend Zelda Zander (Imogen Brooke) that her voice has been over-dubbed by Kathy Selden in the fictional Monumental Pictures studio's first talking effort.
Acting veteran Sandra Dickinson is Hollywood journalists Dora Bailey who interviews the stars as they attend a film premiere – she's also a dialect coach desperately, but unsuccessfully, trying to teach Miss Lamont how to speak coherently. Meanwhile Michael Matus plays director Roscoe Dexter and Robin Kent is the singing Los Angeles cop.
There are two ballet sequences – which seems to pay homage to BBC Television’s Strictly Come Dancing despite the Monumental studio's owner requesting a tap dance routine in the film – while its Andrew Wright’s brilliant choreography which is both visually stunning and extremely colourful – as is the whole show!
Clearly designed to deliver the Singin' in the Rain number, which closes both the First and Second Acts, it really involves the whole talented cast. However you certainly wonder how the backstage boys and girls manage to dry the stage during a 20 minute intermission besides getting all the costumes dry again so quickly on a day when there's a matinee performance.
As for me, I couldn’t help thinking back to Morecambe and Wise when they recreated that iconic rain dance scene. Meanwhile the ‘rain’ managed to give last night’s audience one final soaking before they headed for home, undoubtedly humming the tunes which would by now be ingrained in their memory – what a glorious feeling indeed!
Singin' in the Rain plays Milton Keynes Theatre until this Saturday.