Singin' in the Rain at UWP

September 22, 2003

PLATTEVILLE- Put on your raincoat and prepare yourself for an incredible evening of entertainment at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Center for the Arts. The national touring company of the renowned musical Singin' in the Rain will be appearing at the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall at 8pm on Oct. 3 as part of the 2003-04 UWP Performing Arts Series.

Known for its dedication to the arts and for bringing some of the world's finest performers to Southwest Wisconsin, the Performing Arts Series has a long history of quality events, such as Terence Blanchard, the Three Irish Tenors and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. This event will be no exception.

The movie version of Singin' In the Rain starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O' Conner and Jean Hagen, consistently appears on lists of the all -time greatest movies ever made. Broadway-star Twyla Tharp brought Singin' in the Rain to the Broadway stage in grand style, retaining almost all of the original choreography from the movie. It is her original production that has made the national tour possible.

The UWP presentation will feature the original national tour set plus all of the props and costumes of the period. Singin' in the Rain's famous 'rain dance' number, which has been indelibly imprinted in our collective conscience by Gene Kelly, has been kept in its entirety and is wonderfully recreated onstage with the help of an ingeniously designed 'rain machine.' The event features a company of over 30 performers and musicians.

There will be a free 7 p.m. pre-show discussion in the Center for the Arts with members of the Singin' in the Rain cast, during which time audience members will be able to get involved in a question and answer session with some of the performers.

There will also be a pre-show dinner beginning at 6 p.m. and featuring the foods of the 'Pacific Rim' for $12 per person. Dinner tickets should be purchased by Sept. 30 by calling the University Box Office at 608-342-1298.

For an unforgettable evening of nostalgia and first-rate family entertainment, this is an event that has it all: a spectacular Broadway production with an amazing set, sensational choreography, sumptuous costumes and silly, fun and scintillating music that will send everyone out singing and dancing!

All Performing Arts Series performances begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are available through the University Box Office in the Center for the Arts. Ticket prices for Singin' in the Rain are: UWP Students $ 10; Under 18 $15; Senior Citizens $23; UWP Faculty/Staff $ 23; General Admission $25.The University Box Office is open Monday - Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and can be reached by calling 608-342-1298. The University Box Office is located in the lobby of the Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Wisconsin - Platteville at 700 West Main Street. More information on the Performing Arts Series can be found at


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