Why You Should See 'Singing in the Rain' Again Before Derek Hough Hits Broadway
Dancer and choreographer Derek Hough (left) and film historian Patricia Kelly, widow of Gene Kelly, prior to a screening of "Singin' in the Rain" presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Monday, August 8, 2016. Photo credit: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.
In 2017, Broadway audiences will find Dancing With the Stars pro Derek Hough in a new stage adaptation of the movie-musical, Singing in the Rain. The film is often proclaimed as the best movie-musical ever created. After seeing it on the big screen at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday, it's hard to argue against that statement.
Stepping into Gene Kelly's iconic role is a monumental task for any performer, so it's going to bring Derek one of the biggest challenges of his career. I like that he's tackling it because it's easy to become complacent when you've had such success. He's continuing to take fresh and exciting paths on his journey as an artist.
For DWTS fans who are planning a trip to New York, do yourself a favor and watch the movie before you go. I think it will bring you a new appreciation for the 1952 classic and give you an even greater level of respect for what Derek is about to do on that Broadway stage.
Here are a few clips from Singing in the Rain.
Don't forget to enter my program giveaway from Monday's event. Two lucky winners' names will be drawn next Monday, Aug. 15.