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'The Drowsy Chaperone' is no sleeper

POSTED: March 21, 2013 12:30 a.m.

The Tony Award-winning Broadway show “The Drowsy Chaperone” is playing through April 14 at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.

The show pays tribute to the Jazz Age shows of the 1920s. When a die-hard musical theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, the musical literally bursts to life in the living room of his dingy apartment. His favorite musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” begins on a Broadway starlet’s wedding day and is complicated by a motley crew of zany guests, including a gin-soaked chaperone assigned to keep a watchful eye over the bride.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” was created in 1997 as a gift from Don McKellar, Lisa Lambert, and Greg Morrison for the stag party of Bob Martin and Janet Van De Graaff. The musical spoof was reshaped for the 1998 Toronto Fringe Festival. Martin became co-writer and developed “Man in Chair” as narrator.

After years of development, “The Drowsy Chaperone” opened on May 1, 2006, at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre.

The creative team includes Director Anne Towns, Choreographer Jen MacQueen and Music Director Ann-Carol Pence. Liberty Cogen, Greg Bosworth and Steve Hudson head the cast.

“Some of the most rewarding experiences for me as a producer have come from working on new musicals,” Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez said.


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