Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Singin' In The Rain

I love the old Hollywood musicals and Singin' In The Rain is one of my all-time favorites from that era. I've watched the movie so often, I can quote entire scenes! In fact, one of the best anniversary gifts I've ever received from my hubby was a surprise evening at a dinner theatre for a performance of Singin' In The Rain (complete with the title song and rain!)

The dancing in the movie is incredible. Donald O'Connor's Make 'Em Laugh is such a physically demanding dance number and yet he makes it look effortless.

And then there's Gene Kelly. His dancing is athletic. Masculine. None of Astaire's graceful lines, but plenty of strength, agility and athleticism. Danny Kaye is a close second, but Gene Kelly is my favorite dancer.

Alas, I thought those days were long gone, but to quote Robert Plant, "dancing days are here again." In December, R & B star Usher filmed a tribute to Gene Kelly and reenacted his signature dance, the title sequence from Singin' In The Rain at the Rock the Movies Awards. When my friend Paul Pugh raved about this to me, I was skeptical, but Paul was right. Usher did a marvelous job! You can see it here. And you can watch a side-by-side comparison of his version with Kelly's here.

1 comment:

Todd Van Campen said...

Make em Laugh is Caleb's absolute favorite (no big surprise there, now that I think about it), we have watched it over and over!