It’s official: Derek Hough will be taking over Gene Kelly’s old role in Broadway’s “Singin’ in the Rain.”
Producer Harvey Weinstein made the announcement Saturday night at his pre-Oscar dinner in Beverly Hills. Hough was also on hand at the event to perform two songs from the musical. Hough will star as silent screen idol Don Lockwood, who has to make the transition to talkies.
“Singin’ in the Rain” marks the latest Broadway venture for Weinstein, following up his first Broadway project “Finding Neverland.” Weinstein announced the stage adaptation of the hit 1952 MGM musical last fall. It’s set to open in the 2016-17 season.
Hough entered the mainstream with his work as a coach in ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” The dancer announced early last year that he would be leaving the competition show after 20 seasons, opening up his schedule for stage work.
Weinstein’s version of the musical is only the latest “Singin’ in the Rain” to hit Broadway. It first appeared on Broadway in 1985, directed by Twyla Tharp, and ran for about a year. The show was revived at the U.K.’s 2011 Chichester Festival Theatre, followed by 2013 U.K. tour.
Weinstein’s “Singin’ in the Rain” will be directed by Robert Carsen and choreographed by Stephen Mear.