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Singin' in the Rain

Cabaret Cinema

Friday, May 6, 2016
9:30 PM–11:15 PM

1952, USA, Gene Kelly, 103 min.

Introduced by theater director Gerard Alessandrini

This classic film may trigger memories of its iconic song and dance numbers, but the story is surprisingly contemporary in its behind-the scenes portrayal of showbiz phonies, vanity projects and superfandom – with a dash of true love and artistic integrity.

The real behind-the-scenes action was apparently as good as the fictional plot; rumor has it that Gene Kelly—who starred and directed Singin’ in the Rain—made co-star Debbie Reynolds cry by insulting her dancing. Fred Astaire found Reynolds weeping under the studio’s piano. After private lessons from Astaire, Reynolds rose to the occasion and completed the film. Reynolds and Astaire went on to make The Pleasure of His Company together in 1961.

About the Speaker

Gerard Alessandrini is an American playwright, parodist, actor and theater director best known for creating the award-winning off-Broadway musical theater parody revue Forbidden Broadway. He is the recipient of Tony Honors for Excellence in Theater, an Obie Award, four Drama Desk Awards (including the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics and the Drama Desk Special Award), an Outer Critics Circle Award, and two Lucille Lortel Awards, as well as the Drama League Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theater.

About Cabaret Cinema: Rain

Inspired by Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual, this summer Cabaret Cinema showcases classic rain-drenched films that allude to the power of the downpour. Learn more

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