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Derek Hough-led Singin' in the Rain postpones B'way bow

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

According to "Dancing with the Stars" Emmy winner Derek Hough, the previously reported Broadway revival of Singin' in the Rain, which was eyeing a January 2017 Broadway bow, has been postponed due to a lack of available theatres.

Mr Hough is still on track to star as Corny Collins in NBC's Hairspray Live! on 7 December 2016 and will return for the 23rd season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" from 12 September 2016.

Hough commented on FaceBook:

"Singin' in the Rain is still very much part of my future plans. I'm grateful to everyone at Hairspray Live! for enabling me to do double duty on two major productions at the same time this fall. This next year is gonna be jam packed with exciting projects, and I can't wait to share it all with you."
He was scheduled to take on the lead role of Don Lockwood in the revival, produced by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Singin' in the Rain features a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with music and lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. This revival production will be directed by Robert Carsen and choreographed by Stephen Mear. It staged its world premiere last year at at Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet.

Synopsis: "Based on the Oscar-winning 1952 movie musical which starred Gene Kelly, Singin' in the Rain follows silent film star Don Lockwood, whose career may be in trouble when talkies begin to takeover. Lockwood fears audiences will turn on his obnoxious leading lady Lina Lamont and seeks the help of talented newcomer Kathy Selden to dub her vocals."

The original stage musical adaptation opened at the London Palladium in 1983, directed by and starring Tommy Steele. The Broadway premiere followed in 1985 at the Gershwin Theatre, starring Don Correia. More recently, the Chichester Festival Theatre production enjoyed a West End transfer in 2012 at the Palace Theatre, starring Adam Cooper, Daniel Crossley and Scarlett Strallen.

Derek Hough made his Broadway debut in 'Burn the Floor' at the Longacre Theatre in 2010. He made his West End debut in 'Footloose' at the Novello Theatre in 2006. He was last seen on the New York stage in 'New York Spring Spectacular' at Radio City Music Hall in 2015, alongside Laura Benanti. He is perhaps best known for his record-making six-time wins of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," for which he has also earned two Emmy Awards for choreography. Other screen credits include "Nashville" and "Make Your Move."

- by Tom Millward

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