During the course of my coverage of the Pacific Symphony’s performance of “Singin’ in the Rain” over the past couple of weeks (it was a North American premiere; I wrote a preview and a review), I was surprised to find out that many of my peers, that is, people my age and even older, had never seen the film.
Now, I understand that some may have an aversion to musicals, though I don’t happen to. But “Singin’ in the Rain”? Really? As it is generally regarded as one one the best films ever made, and usually singled out as the most outstanding movie musical, aren’t these non-viewers curious enough to see why it’s so celebrated?
At any rate, I assure you there are reasons that it’s famous. Here’s one. As a public service, I give you the video above, which features the appearance of someone named Cyd Charisse (emerald-costumed) in the Broadway Melody scene (a dream sequence) of the film. Yes, that’s Gene Kelly dancing with her. Gentlemen, fasten your seat belts, please, and do try to at least notice the music.