Over the past few years, Covedale Center for the Performing Arts has found a perfect niche for people seeking established shows that are sure-fire entertainment. The West Side theater is operated by Landmark Productions, the same folks who keep the Showboat Majestic afloat and bring together a lot of teens every summer for Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre. They were inducted into the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, and they keep rising to the challenge of the niche they’ve established, bringing together strong talent for productions of shows that other theaters bypass.
Opening this week is a perfect example: A stage version of the 1952 MGM hit that sits atop the American Film Institute’s list of all-time great movie musicals. If you love Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor singing and dancing through the puddles and off the walls in this light-hearted romance about the early days of motion pictures, you’re sure to have a good time at this production of Singin’ in the Rain, with Matt Dentino as Don Lockwood, the role Gene Kelly originated, and Dan Doerger as his sidekick Cosmo Brown. You know the tunes: “Good Morning,” “Make ’Em Laugh,” “All I Do Is Dream of You” and, of course, “Singin’ in the Rain.”
Be assured this will be a solid production, staged and choreographed by Ed Cohen and Dee Anne Bryll, whose work with area community theaters and local universities is always creative.
Through April 11. Tickets are $19-$21.
Get showtimes, buy tickets and read Lauren Becker's review here.