Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain: Scenes in the Square - Leicester Square
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Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain

Get ready to re-enact this iconic film scene from one of the most memorable movie musicals ever made as part of the Scenes in the Square trail.

at South West Quadrant of Leicester Square Gardens, WC2H 7AL.

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Discover the statue of Gene Kelly in his unforgettable performance portraying the character of Don Lockwood in the film “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952).

As first-named director and choreographer, Kelly created this magical sequence for the screen, providing generations of movie lovers with an indelible image of him splashing in puddles as he sang and danced in the rain. Starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, Singin’ in the Rain is frequently regarded as the best movie musical ever made.

With consent from Gene Kelly’s wife and biographer Patricia Ward Kelly, who’s dedicated to promoting and preserving her husband’s remarkable legacy, we’ve been able to bring this remarkable life-size statue to life in Leicester Square.

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Immerse yourself in the world of film with the ultimate soundtrack to accompany your journey through Scenes in the Square, featuring the original song, Singin’ in the Rain, written by Gene Kelly.

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Did you know?

Gene Kelly shot the iconic “Singin’ in the Rain” number in a day and a half. You could never tell from watching the film, but he had a temperature of 103 degrees when he famously danced and sang in the rain - and remember he was also directing and choreographing the scene too!

Kelly choreographed the title number sitting in a chair, writing out his steps in shorthand on a pad of paper. He saw the dance on a little screen that ran in his head. The next day he went to the studio to put the steps on his body in rehearsal. Similarly, he choreographed the location of the puddles that had to be carved out of the street. Gene Kelly dubbed his own taps AFTER the sequence was shot. He said it was very hard to dub the taps by watching himself on a screen and dangerous to match the steps with a microphone dangling at his ankles.

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To create this statue, the creative team and sculptors at 3D Eye embarked on a wonderful journey with Gene Kelly’s wife and biographer Patricia Ward Kelly. Ensuring the statue met the exacting standards of her late husband, Patricia provided extensive images, video and even a plaster cast of Kelly’s face from her archives and flew over from Los Angles to help bring the statue to life.

The result is spot on and immediately evokes memories of the classic song and of Kelly’s joyful performance. As Patricia Kelly said, “Gene wanted to be remembered for being behind the camera as a director and choreographer as well as in front of it, so it is important to celebrate not only his exuberant presence but also his role in creating this indelible scene. He would be very proud to be in this historic spot, across from the famous ODEON Luxe Leicester Square where his films premiered, in a city that he dearly loved.” We anticipate that this will be one of the most popular statues in the trail. Just wait until it rains!

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Singin’ in the Rain is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Warner Bros Home Entertainment. Gene Kelly is courtesy of The Gene Kelly Image Trust.

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