THE PLOT - Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are two Hollywood big silent stars. When the sound comes to the movies, their careers are in danger. So they decide to transform their last film into a musical, the problem is Lina’s voice. Don’s friend, Cosmo, has the idea of dubbing Lina’s voice using Don’s girlfriend Kathy voice, but things don’t go according to their plan.

THE SHOWI don’t know how good was the Tommy Steele production, but this one didn’t convince me. The movie is one of the best of its genre and to translate it to the stage is a hard and probably ungrateful task. Comparisons will always be made and I’m sure the movie will always win. Well, that’s what happens with this London revival.

The best musical numbers are the ones that weren’t in the movie: the hilarious “What’s Wrong with Me?” sung by Lina Lamont and “You Stepped Out of a Dream” sung by Don and some street walkers. The rest of the numbers are done professionally but without passion and imagination. Classic numbers like the title song, “Good Morning”, “Make ‘em Laugh”, "Moses Supposes” and the “Broadway Ballet” are a pale version of the ones in the movie. In fact some of them are almost bad. I don’t understand why they put the teacher dancing with Don and Cosmo in “Moses Supposes”; I guess it’s supposedly to make it funnier, but it doesn’t work. As for the “Broadway Ballet”, I missed the sexual tension of Cyd Charisse and the joy of living of Gene Kelly and the chorus.

THE CAST – In the Gene Kelly’s role of Don, Adam Cooper is too formal and serious. As Cosmo, Crossley lacks the humor and natural sympathy of Donald O’Connor. In the singing department both actors aren’t strong, but are a little better than David Lucas, who ruins the “Beautiful Girls” song. In fact this number is really bad.

The ladies are better. Scarlett Strallen is charming as Kathy (the Debbie Reynolds role), but the show belongs to Katherine Kingsley as Lina Lamont (the Jean Hagen role). She is the best thing in the all production.

I don’t know if it would have been better for them not to try to recreate the movie on stage and somehow re-imagined it for the stage. As it is, it’s a rather poor production, miles away from the MGM musical and not even the funny gimmick of splashing the audience saves it.