Jennifer Ellison joins Singin' In The Rain
Story by Jack Foley
TV and West End star Jennifer Ellison will join Adam Cooper in the award-winning revival of Singin’ In The Rain at the Palace Theatre from February 18, 2013.
The actress joins the cast to play silent movie screen siren, and owner of a voice never meant for the ‘talkies’, Lina Lamont.
Cooper will continue to lead the company as Don Lockwood, joined by new cast members Louise Bowden (as Kathy Selden) and Stephane Annelli (as Cosmo Brown), completing the iconic trio made famous by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Conner in 1952 MGM musical film.
The principal cast also features Sandra Dickinson who continues as Dora Bailey and Miss Dinsmore and Peter Forbes as RF Simpson.
Commenting on the new cast members, the show’s producers said: “We are thrilled to welcome our new cast members to the Palace Theatre and looking forward to their first performance next month.
“It has been a joy to have brought this Chichester Festival Theatre production to the West End where we are delighted to be entering our second year. To date, over half a million happy audience members have left the theatre having experienced the full effects of our 12,000 litres of rain!
“It’s always thrill to see them swinging around the lampposts of Shaftesbury Avenue as they make their way home.”
Ellison has most recently starred as Paulette in Legally Blonde the Musical on UK tour.
Her previous stage credits include Boeing Boeing at the Comedy Theatre, Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre, Cinderella at the Liverpool Playhouse and Calendar Girls on UK tour.
She played Emily Shadwick in the television soap Brookside, and her other television credits include Lynda La Plante’s The Commander: Abduction, Hotel Babylon and The Verdict.
On film her credits include lead roles in The Phantom of the Opera and The Cottage.
On joining the West End production Ellison said: “Singin in the Rain’ is one of my absolute favourite movie musicals, I watched it a lot growing up! When I saw the show I left with the biggest grin on my face and a huge spring in my step.
“Playing any West End role is a thrill and a privilege but to be playing Lina Lamont at the Palace Theatre in this show is pretty much as good as it gets. I’m so happy to be joining this amazing hit production as it celebrates its one year anniversary. Everyone has been so welcoming and I’m now just itching to get out in front of the audience and start splashing around!”
Fellow new cast member Bowden’s theatre credits include White Christmas, Mary Poppins and Mamma Mia! on tour in the UK, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ragtime for the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and Guys & Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre.
Annelli, meanwhile, has previously been seen in the West End in Legally Blonde The Musical, Saturday Night Fever and Sinatra.
Singin’ in the Rain is currently booking until September 1, 2013. Visit the website for more details.