Tim just loves splashing about in hero's footsteps
PUBLISHED: 16:19 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:36 12 August 2010
AN OLIVIER award-winning singer and actor has said that he feels Gene Kelly is sitting on his shoulder when he appears in his favourite musical. Tim Flavin, who is playing Don Lockwood in Singin in the Rain at The Churchill, Bromley next Monday said
AN OLIVIER award-winning singer and actor has said that he feels Gene Kelly is "sitting on his shoulder" when he appears in his favourite musical.
Tim Flavin, who is playing Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain at The Churchill, Bromley next Monday said that he draws his inspiration from the Hollywood icon, who made the role his own in the 1952 film. Featuring timeless tunes such as Good Morning! and You Were meant For Me, Singin' in the Rain tells of Don's on-screen/off-screen romances.
Texas-born Mr Flavin said: "It's one of those parts that I always dreamed about playing. Getting to dance about in the rain singing my favourite songs is the closest I have come to a spiritual experience in this life!
"I am very aware of Gene Kelly. It's like he's sitting on my shoulder, directing me! He is a massive influence on me. Obviously, I can't be Gene Kelly. I bring my own style to the role, but I take his cue!
"In terms of style, I just try to enjoy every moment of it. I just fling myself into it and give it my all.
"There is no doubt that it is hard work. You know, sometimes you wake up on the wrong side of bed, or you're feeling groggy, but we've got an audience to perform to every night, so you get on with it. I come from a school of 'just do it'."
In 1984, Mr Flavin became the first American to receive a Laurence Olivier Award, for his performance in On Your Toes at London's Palace Theatre.
He was also nominated for an Olivier for his performance as Billy Buck Chandler in My One and Only. One critic said: "When God created musicals, it was because he knew that Tim Flavin would come along."
Mr Flavin, who lives in Brighton with his wife and two daughters, said: "It's a very happy show and that feeds into all of our moods. We are the real McCoy. They haven't drafted in any washed-up soap stars for the celebrity factor. We are professionals and we love what we do.
"The standard is very high. The audience is expecting to see certain things and they will get them!"
Singin' in the Rain is at The Churchill until July 4. Call the box office on 0844 871 7615 or go to www.ambass