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The Drowsy Chaperone

by Al Terry
December 15, 2007
New York, NY
The Drowsy Chaperone is a Broadway musical that has captivated many fans and critics. This musical has been booked by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. The musical has music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and the scenic design is by David Gallo. The costume design is by Gregg Barnes and lighting design is by Ken Billington and Brian Monahan. The sound design is by Acme Sound Partners. The musical stars Peter Bartlett as Underling, Danny Burstein as Adolpho, Mara Davi as Janet Van De Graaff, Troy Britton Johnson as Robert Martin, Jason Kravits and Garth Kravits as Gangster No. 1 & 2, respectively. It also features Beth Leavel as the Drowsy Chaperone, Kecia Lewis-Evans as Trix and Bob Saget as the Man in Chair.

An Entertaining Musical

The show has gained popularity as a great musical that is comparatively shorter than the other shows. It has duration of 1 hour forty minutes and it begins with the voice of the man, who plays the record of a 1920 musical that brings his studio alive. The man in the chair was blue and decided to cheer himself by playing his favorite musical. The same day, Janet Van de Graaff and Robert Martin are to be wed. She is a top star and her producers and investors in her show do not want her to quit. The maid of honor is the drowsy chaperone, who has been assigned the task of keeping the bride and the groom apart. Janet herself is in doubt, wondering if her decision to get married and quitting showbiz is the right choice for her. She seeks counsel from her maid of honor, who drowsily asks her not to ask Robert if he loves her. This in fact makes Janet disguise herself as a French girl and when Robert kisses her thinking that she is indeed a French girl, she calls off the wedding. The Man in the chair, who airs his view about the characters and the plot, takes the audiences into confidence.

Many have appreciated the role played by Bob Martin as the Man in the chair. The music and the dancing have been much appreciated too. Though the story begins in the apartment, the audience is taken to the fabulous country house without a fuss. The costumes and the set design reflect the time period and the actors have all excelled in playing their roles. The music has many humming the tunes, many days after they have seen the show. The show has won five Tony awards, including the awards for the Best Musical and the Best Book.

You may get the tickets to the show from an authorized broker or secure the tickets directly from the official website of the musical. It promises to be a fun and entertaining evening that you can enjoy with your family and friends. Do note that children below four years of age are not allowed. Watch the show and learn why people are praising Casey Nicholaw for her superb direction and choreography.

Al is the webmaster of a Broadway Tickets Broker resource site.
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