Centennial, Colo. – June 11, 2012 – Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor sing and dance their way back onto the big screen in the “Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Presents Singin’ in the Rain 60th Anniversary Event” on Thursday, July 12 at 7:00 p.m. local time, with special matinees in select theaters at 2:00 p.m. Presented by NCM® Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Home Video, the event features a pre-recorded TCM original production with an introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne, who will take audiences behind the scenes, including a special interview with Singin’ in the Rain star Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds will share her thoughts on what it was like working with her co-stars on the set of this classic musical.
Tickets for TCM Presents Singin’ in the Rain 60th Anniversary Event are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be broadcast to more than 475 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“Sixty years ago, no one dreamed that we would still be watching Singin’ in the Rain in 2012,” said Gene Kelly’s widow, film historian Patricia Ward Kelly. “Gene would be very proud.”
Singin’ in the Rain, set in the days of Hollywood’s transition from silent films to “talkies,” continues to this day to provide pure cinematic entertainment. It stars Kelly at the pinnacle of his career, with co-stars, O’Connor, Reynolds, Millard Mitchell, Jean Hagen, Cyd Charisse and Rita Moreno. Written by legendary musical “book” writers Betty Comden and Adolph Green, “Singin’ in the Rain” was helmed by renowned directors Kelly and Stanley Donen. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards® and is the No. 1 musical on the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the “25 Greatest Movie Musicals” (2007) and No. 5 on AFI’s ”100 Years, 100 Movies” list (2007).
“This exclusive presentation of Singin’ in the Rain marks the fourth classic anniversary event presented in theaters by NCM Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “Together with TCM, Fathom has celebrated the 70th anniversaries of Casablanca and The Wizard of Oz, as well as the 50th anniversary of West Side Story on the big screen. Fans are invited back to experience Gene Kelly’s talent in this fabulous musical anniversary event this July.”
Warner Home Video will release Singin’ in the Rain 60th Anniversary Edition on July 17, featuring a 3-disc limited and numbered gift set that includes the remastered feature on both Blu-ray and DVD and a brand new documentary, “Singin’ in the Rain: Raining on a New Generation.” In addition to another half-dozen vintage special features, this new edition will be presented in a 48-page hard cover commemorative book highlighting the behind-the-scenes history of how the classic musical made it to the big screen. It will also contain reproductions of the original theatrical door panel displays from the film’s premier and a full-size commemorative umbrella.