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Singin' in the Rain: Film with Orchestra

by Kevin Taft
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Sep 11, 2017
Singin' in the Rain: Film with Orchestra

What has become one of the more popular events at the Hollywood Bowl, their Symphonic Night at the Movies series concludes with one of the most popular movie musicals of all time: "Singin' in the Rain." The Gene Kelly directed (along with Stanley Donen) comedy stars Kelly, funny man Donald O'Connor and "newcomer" Debbie Reynolds in a film about the impact of "talkies" on the film industry.

The evening began with Kelly's late wife Patricia who introduced the film by regaling the audience with stories she learned from her late husband. A few interesting tidbits eschewed previous rumor and long-told stories that are -- as we now know -- false. The most famous is that during the filming of the legendary "Singin' in the Rain" dance, milk was mixed in with the rain so it would show up better on camera. This, Patricia said, was not true. It was just good lighting.

The other dispelled rumor was that Kelly didn't want Reynolds cast in the role of Kathy Selden. Not true. In fact, he fought for her. The one long told tale that actually is true is that Kelly had the flu the day they filmed the rain number. Not only was he in the number, but he directed it as well. So in-between takes he would nap in the sunshine to try and bake out the fever.

Composer David Newman conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic throughout the night, playing all of the score live to film. This gave the film's musical cues and numbers a noticeable clarity and richness that has probably never been experienced.

To be sure, there isn't a better way to spend a night under the Hollywood stars than with one of the biggest Hollywood stars of all time in one of the starring venues of Hollywood. Thank goodness for Hollywood weather so the audience of eighteen thousand people didn't end up singin' in the rain themselves.

"A Symphonic Night at the Movies: Singin' in the Rain" played September 7 at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. For upcoming events at the Bowl, visit www.hollywoodbowl.com

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.


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