Kristyn was at The Academy’s screening of “Singin’ in the rain” on Monday, where Derek introduced the movie and Gene Kelly’s widow, Patricia, was also there. Kristyn wrote a blog at her site, Dance Dish with Kristyn Burtt, of why everyone should watch again the classic movie of 1952 before they travel to New York and watch Derek stepping into the shoes of Gene Kelly. Below is an excerpt of her blog but be sure to read it all at Dance Dish. She also shares beautiful pictures of Derek!
“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.”
Found this article from Playbill last night on Facebook but didn’t get the chance to post it till now. I have to say that what it says is really interesting! I have no idea if this is really happening but, Playbill is usually accurate on Broadway news so… I hope it’s true 🙂
IF “Singin’ in the Rain” makes a pre-Broadway world premiere in Paris with Derek, I am sure it will make lots of his European fans happy! Playbill says that “An American in Paris” also had its pre-Broadway world premiere in Paris so…it could be possible! We know that Derek flew to Paris earlier this year (January 4-7) to watch “Singin’ in the Rain” that was running at the moment in Paris. Who knows? Let’s hope we’ll have more info about this, as well as “Singin’ in the Rain” in general!
Be sure to check Playbill for more info on other Broadway shows that are going to run during the season 2016-17!
“Dancing With the Stars favorite Derek Hough as song and dance man Don Lockwood in a new stage adaptation of the classic MGM film musical, about the early days of sound films in Hollywood. The show will debut way out of town—at the Paris venue Théâtre du Châtelet, where Broadway’s current An American in Parisalso had its pre-Broadway world premiere. Harvey Weinstein is producing. Singin’ in the Rain is directed by Robert Carsen and features choreography by Stephen Mear and costumes by Tony winner Anthony Powell.”
Unfortunately, what I was afraid of is true, but I was hoping for the article to have it right. You see, living in Europe it just gave me hope since it would be easier for me to see Derek on stage *sigh* Anyway, because of that I really had to find out if that was true so I tried to contact the theater and ask about it. Today I got an answer from the head of the office, Mr. Dagher, who said that there won’t be another run of “Singin’ in the Rain” in France… I still hope there would be one but, deep inside I was afraid that this would be a long shot… Below is the mail I got from Mr. Dagher.
Response about “Singin in the Rain” production in Paris, France – June 16, 2016
Leah Thomas writes a blog about Derek and his upcoming role on Broadway for “Singin’ in the Rain”. I think we could all agree with her when she says that “it’s the perfect role for [Derek]”, right!? Taking a trip through some of his performances on Dancing with the Stars, she is willing to prove it 😉 Be sure to read what she wrote and why not? Remember some of Derek’s amazing choreography on Bustle.
After Julianne Hough stole everyone’s hearts in FOX’s Grease Live!, it is now her brother’s turn. The tap-heavy role of Don Lockwood is a near perfect fit for him. While he didn’t sing on Nashville, he is a triple threat. […] I think we can all agree that when it comes to Singin’ In The Rain on Broadway, Derek Hough has got it in the bag.
64 years ago, “Singin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly premiered. 64 years later, the musical still plays strong around the world and people still love it. In less than a year, Derek will be the lead on this amazing play and we all can’t wait to hopefully be there to witness it.
With a beautiful review by Wanda Hale as it was published back in 1952, New York Daily News celebrates the premiere of 1952. Be sure to read the whole article by clicking the link.
Gene Kelly’s “Singin’ in the Rain,” together with the Radio Music Hall’s widely famed annual pageant, “Glory of Easter,” is tops in town holiday entertainment for the family trade.
“Singin’ in the Rain” is another mighty fine MGM Technicolor musical comedy produced by Arthur Freed […] Mr. Freed knows what audiences want and he gives it to them. As usual, in “Singin’ in the Rain” he gives us entertainment, something to look at, a lot to laugh at and good music to listen to, something to lose ourselves in.”
“Derek Hough will make a splash on Broadway next January: He has been cast as the lead in the Théâtre du Châtelet’s production of “Singin’ in the Rain.” Mr. Hough, a two-time Emmy winner (for “Dancing with the Stars”), has stage experience from the 2006 West End production of “Footloose.” Here, he’ll step into the role of Don Lockwood, which Gene Kelly made famous in the 1952 film.”
“Derek Hough will be stepping into the dancing shoes of Gene Kelly when he tackles a stage musical of the film “Singin’ in the Rain” on Broadway next year. Stage and film producer Harvey Weinstein revealed the casting news at his annual pre-Oscar dinner on Saturday and The Weinstein Company confirmed the news Sunday.”
“Derek Hough is set to star in the revival of Singin’ in the Rain on Broadway! The announcement was made over the weekend by Harvey Weinstein at The Weinstein Company’s pre-Oscars party, where the 30-year-old dancer/singer/actor performed two numbers from the show! Derek will play the role made famous by Gene Kelly in the 50s film. Singin’ in the Rain first appeared on Broadway back in 1985. This production is reportedly set to open in January of 2017.”
“Derek Hough will soon be stepping into Gene Kelly’s shoes as he prepares to play the lead role in the Broadway production of Singin’ in the Rain. Harvey Weinstein, who’s producing the upcoming show, announced Hough’s involvement at The Weinstein Company’s annual pre-Oscars bash this past weekend, where Hough gave a sneak peek at his version of the musical’s iconic main number.”
“Dancing with the Stars winner Derek Hough is boogying his way over to Broadway. Entertainment Weekly reports that the dancing champ will star in an upcoming Harvey Weinstein production of Singin’ in the Rain. Hough aptly took to the stage at The Weinstein Company’s pre-Oscars bash to preview two numbers from the iconic musical, including the title song. One attendee shared a video of the star performing the famous number, top hat and umbrella included!”
After the US press, there is also some press in France talking about the upcoming Broadway production of “Singin’ in the Rain” with Derek. Edmee Martin from Musical Avenue writes a beautiful article about saying that after the success the musical had in France, Harvey Weinstein will now bring it to Broadway with Derek. She also mentions the visit Derek had from Gene Kelly’s widow, Patricia, during Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, and how she saw a little of Gene when she looked at Derek. You can read the whole article if you want to (it’s in French) on Musical Avenue.
We posted the video before but, I am adding it again below 🙂
Hello everyone! Hope you are all having a great day…mine was a little bit crazy. Glad I am finally home 😀 Was searching for something new but there was nothing other than the article in West End Frame that “confirms” what we were reading on the tweets during the Weinstein Company’s Pre-Oscar Party on February 27; that Daniel Crossley and Jennie Dale will be on the upcoming “Singin’ in the Rain” Broadway production. The article notes at the end that there is no official cast announcement yet but, I guess these two actors were already cast for it. Be sure to take a look to the whole article. We’ll wait for the official cast announcement with anxiety!
“In addition, the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye has reported that West End actors Daniel Crossley and Jennie Dale will also appear in Singin’ in the Rain on Broadway. Crossley starred as Cosmo Brown at Theatre du Chatelet having previously played the role at the Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West End whilst Dale, who recently appeared as Deb in Elf The Musical at the Dominion Theatre, played Dora at Theatre du Chatelet.“
I retweeted those a while ago but just not got the chance to post them here 🙂 They don’t say too many new things but, it’s beautiful to seeing those articles! Be sure to click the links to read the whole thing.
“Derek Hough will step into the dancing shoes of Gene Kelly. At his annual pre-Oscar dinner in Beverly Hills on Saturday, producer Harvey Weinstein confirmed that Hough will star as Don Lockwood, a silent screen idol transitioning to talkies, in the upcoming Broadway production of Singin’ in the Rain. Hough performed two numbers from the show as part of the evening’s entertainment.”
“After dazzling in the SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN number as part of Harvey Weinstein’s NEW YORK SPRING SPECTACULAR at Radio City last year, DANCING WITH THE STARS Emmy winner Derek Hough will soon be dancing through the rain-soaked streets of Broadway. […] As previously announced, Théâtre du Châtelet and Weinstein Live Entertainment are in the process of bringing the Parisian production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN to the Great White Way and around the world.”
“Derek Hough is officially Broadway bound — and he’ll need an umbrella for it. The Dancing With the Stars pro will star in an upcoming stage production of Singin’ in the Rain, a rep for Hough confirmed to EW.”