written by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison (Music and Lyrics), Bob Martin and Don McKellar (Book)
directed by Alan Demovsky
Friday May 8th 2020 — Saturday June 6th 2020
A mild-mannered Broadway fanatic listens to a recording of an obscure 1928 musical comedy and is transported into the musical itself. His apartment is transformed into an impressive Broadway set in the process. This musical is roller coaster ride of song, dance and laughter. Winner of 5 Tony Awards®.
Man in Chair, a mousy, agoraphobic Broadway fanatic, seeking to cure his “non-specific sadness”, listens to a rare recording of the fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens, the characters appear in his dingy apartment which is transformed into an impressive Broadway set. Man in Chair provides a running commentary throughout the show from the stage, breaking the fourth wall while remaining invisible to the players. His commentary sporadically reveals aspects of his personal life, such as his failed marriage and implied attraction to the show’s leading man.
Soon the premise and characters of the show are introduced: it’s the wedding day of oil tycoon Robert Martin and Broadway star Janet Van De Graaff, who plans to give up her career for married life. Those in attendance include aging hostess Mrs. Tottendale; her loyal employee known only as Underling; Robert’s best man, George; Broadway producer Feldzieg, who is hoping to persuade Janet to forgo marriage and continue starring in Feldzieg’s Follies; ditzy flapper Kitty, who hopes to take Janet’s place in the Follies; two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs; self-proclaimed famed Latin lover Aldolpho; Janet’s alcoholic Chaperone, who is supposed to keep her away from Robert until the wedding; and Trix, an aviatrix.
Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Production Staff / Crew
- Director: Alan Demovsky