The Drowsy Chaperone
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a brassy, brash, lively, spicy musical within a comedy. The musical is a nostalgic spoof and celebration of a 1920’s style song and dance frolic as imagined by a die-hard musical theatre fan who plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room. The plotted tale of gangsters, show people, millionaires and servants is reminiscent of numerous musicals of the jazz age whose only purpose was to entertain and cheer audience through spectacle, fascinating characters, clever lyrics and melodies, happy endings and the ability to transport audiences into a fantasy that would lift their spirits in times of sadness.
The production began its professional life in Canada and debuted on Broadway in May 2006. With music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, the Broadway production garnered 7 Drama Desk Awards and 5 Tony Awards. Productions have been mounted and toured in London, Japan, Australia and throughout North America. It has been hailed as a rare combination of unprecedented originality. The production is crammed full of every cliché, gag and gimmick from the golden age of musicals.
The audience is greeted by the narrator, Man in Chair, who guides them with comments and asides through the fictional Broadway musical entitled The Drowsy Chaperone. Broadway actress, Janet Van De Graff wants to marry Robert Martin, the son of an oil tycoon, and give up her stage career. The estate of Mrs. Tottendale, a wealthy dowager, is the site of the imminent wedding. Janet’s producer, Mr. Feldzeig, must stop the wedding because if she quits show business, he’ll loose his job. Plus Feldzeig is further encouraged to cancel the wedding by gangsters who have invested in his show and arrive at the estate disguised as wedding pastry chefs. Janet is accompanied by The Drowsy Chaperone who, though tipsy and self absorbed, must see that the couple doesn’t meet before the wedding, because it’s bad luck.
The production is directed and choreographed by Nina Denton Pasinetti with musical direction by John Marshall. The accompanist is John Ellison. The Technical Director is Tom Pasinetti.
It will be presented at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater on May 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21, 2011.
© 2011 The Charleston Light Opera Guild