"The music is infectiously joyous," says
"There's escapism. But there's something so pure about it. You come away wanting to live life with more joy," she says.
Goodrich has lost track of the number of times she has choreographed and directed the stage adaptation of the 1952
She first fell in love with "Singin' in the Rain" when she was a child.
"It was the first movie musical that spoke to me," she says. "I was transported by
As those who have seen the movie know, the story is set in 1927 Hollywood as "The Jazz Singer," the first movie with sound, is revolutionizing movie-making.
Now that they can be heard, actors and actresses are enrolling in voice and diction lessons. Movie crews are scrambling to figure out how to hide microphones in bushes. And the
When Lina's annoying voice threatens to end her career, the studio recruits talented young newcomer
"It's really just about the love of performing and about the industry at such a huge moment in movie history," Goodrich says. "It's from the golden era of movie musicals."
The musical brings to the stage a wealth of opportunities for song and dance that include the iconic "Singin' in the Rain" number that ends the first act, as well as "Make 'em Laugh," "Moses Supposes" and "Good Morning."
"It's one of the great tap shows," Goodrich says. The score also contains classic romantic songs such as "All I Do Is Dream of You," "You Stepped Out of a Dream" and "You Were Meant for Me."
With a mere six days to take the CLO production from first cast meeting to opening night, Goodrich has filled some of the principal roles with seasoned professionals who have done this show before, such as
Though most familiar to CLO audiences for his appearance as
Elder, Tedder, Patterson and Goodrich have previously worked together on a production of "Singin' in the Rain" for
That blend of veterans and newcomers adds a dimension to rehearsals and performances, Goodrich believes. "What's always fun is the synergy of a new cast," Goodrich says.
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