18 – 21 MAY  2011, London Oratory School Arts Centre

Based on the MGM Film

Screenplay and adaptation by Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Songs by Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed

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Musical Director: Jon Mizler

Director: Alex Sutton

Choreographer: Jennifer Ansdell

See some pictures here

See the NODA Review here

Cast List

Don Lockwood Bryan O’Flynn
Cosmo Brown Dom Carter
Kathy Selden Emily McDonald
Lina Lamont Georgia Thomas
RF Simpson Nick Simpson
Roscoe Dexter Tony Trott
Zelda Zanders Amanda Stewart
JJ Cumberland Andrej Kos
Dora Bailey Becky Channon
Miss Dinsmore/Vocal Coach Angela Daniel
Rod Marion Barton
Olga Mara Candice Newton
Mary Margaret Mithu Lucraft
Sugar Daddy Hamish Norbrook
Charlie Chaplin Robert Owen
Mrs Simpson Dianne Norton
Sid Philips Spencer Mitchell
Sound Engineer David Croft
Policeman Greg Shaw
Sam the Butler Jonathan Murray
1st Assistant Director Emily Hanna
2nd Assistant Director Emma West
3rd Assistant Director Suzie Bailey
Wardrobe Lady Marilyn McPherson

Synopsis

Don Lockwood is a silent film star with humble roots as a musician, dancer and stunt man. Don barely tolerates his vapid leading lady, Lina Lamont, who is convinced that their screen romance is real. After the first talking picture, The Jazz Singer, proves to be a smash hit, the head of the studio, R. F. Simpson, decides he has no choice but to convert the new Lockwood and Lamont film, The Dueling Cavalier, into a talkie. The production is beset with difficulties, by far the worst being Lina’s comically grating voice.

After a disastrous test screening, Don’s best friend, Cosmo Brown, comes up with the idea to overdub Lina’s voice and they convince Simpson to turn The Dueling Cavalier into The Dancing Cavalier, a musical comedy film. Meanwhile, Don falls in love with an aspiring actress, Kathy Selden, who is providing the voice for Lina. When Lina finds out, she is furious and does everything possible to sabotage the romance and Kathy’s career. She maliciously demands that Kathy continue to provide her voice in all future films, but remain uncredited. An irate, but desperate Simpson is forced to agree; Kathy has no choice because she is under contract.

The premiere is a tremendous success, but the audience clamours for Lina to sing live…

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