We know what you’re thinking: It’s the greatest movie musical ever made. It has that joyful title song. It starred Gene Kelly!
Exactly. Singin’ in the Rain starred Gene Kelly, and does anyone really want to see any other mortal attempt to fill his dancing shoes? A 1985 Broadway production ran longer than its less-than-stellar reviews would suggest, but did not achieve the success of the classic 1952 film. The movie not only had all the ingredients of a wonderful musical, but was also uniquely suited to its subject: Singin’ in the Rain, whose protagonist is a silent-motion-picture actor adjusting to the talkies, is simply more Hollywood than Broadway.
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