It was one of the worst concealed secrets in Broadway history: Derek Hough will officially step into the dancing shoes of Gene Kelly and star in the iconic "Singin' in the Rain" on Broadway.
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Harvey Weinstein broke the news at his annual pre-Oscar dinner this weekend, confirming what many people had already believed, that the Dancing with the Stars pro would star as Don Lockwood, the silent screen idol trying to transition into speaking roles. The announcement included a performance of two of the numbers from Hough.
Rumors about who would play the role have been flying after Weinstein announced last fall that he would follow up Finding Neverland, his first turn as a lead producer in a Broadway show, with an adaptation of the beloved 1952 MGM musical.
According to Variety, they are eyeing a January 2017 opening.
This isn't Hough's first trip with the musical, however. He performed it last year in the New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, accompanied by tap-dancing Rockettes. That too was produced by Weinstein, so it should have been a hint of things to come.
Hough is no stranger to the stage, having performed in the stage version of Footloose on the West End in 2006 and he had a guest spot in Burn the Floor on Broadway in 2010.
Weinstein Live Entertainment is teaming with Theatre du Chatelet of Paris, where the production originated in 2014, for this venture. There haven't been any other announcements about casting.
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The new production will be directed by Robert Carsen and choreographed by Stephen Mear.