Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Five-Time Tony Award®-Winning Musical,


Roars into The 5th Avenue Theatre for a Riotous Limited Engagement!

SEATTLE The Roaring ‘20s are back and better than ever! The most celebrated musical of the 2006 Broadway season, The Drowsy Chaperone, a completely original musical comedy, is coming to Seattle’s The 5th Avenue Theatre from October 29th to November 16th. The music and lyrics by Tony Award® winners Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and book by Tony Award® winners Bob Martin and Don McKellar offer up a thoroughly modern take on classic comedy. The show is directed and choreographed by Tony Award® nominee Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot), who got his start choreographing The 5th Avenue Theatre productions of My Fair Lady and The Prince And The Pauper.

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is the tale of a modern day musical theater maven, known simply as “Man in Chair”. To chase his blues away he drops the needle on his favorite LP – the 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life on-stage telling the tale of the pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up showbiz to get hitched and her producer’s attempts to sabotage her impending nuptials. Hilarious antics ensue with her chaperone, the debonair groom, the dizzy chorus girl, the Latin lover, and a pair of gangsters masquerading as pastry chefs. Man in Chair’s love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the theater.

The cast includes Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie, widely known as Gilbert Blythe from the popular “Anne of Green Gables” movies, as Man in Chair. The much beloved Georgia Engel will reprise her role of Mrs. Tottendale for the tour. Ms Engel is best remembered for her Emmy Award®-winning role as Georgette on the legendary “Mary Tyler Moore Show”, as well as her appearances on “Everybody Loves Raymond”.

Joining them are Cliff Bemis (Feldzieg), Andrea Chamberlain (Janet Van De Graaff), Linda Griffin (Kitty), Dale Hensley (Aldolpho), Alicia Irving (The Drowsy Chaperone), Mark Ledbetter (Robert Martin), Paul Riopelle (Gangster #1), Peter Riopelle (Gangster #2), Noble Shropshire (Underling), Richard Vida (George), and NaTasha Williams (Trix). Rounding out the cast are Megan Nicole Arnoldy, Kevin Crewell, Jen Taylor Farrell, Jody Madaras, Chuck Rea, Mason Roberts and Jennifer Swiderski.

The Drowsy Chaperone received more Tony Awards® than any other musical of the 2006 season, including Best Book (Bob Martin and Don McKellar); Original Score (Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison), Costume Design (Gregg Barnes) and Scenic Design (David Gallo). The creative team for The Drowsy Chaperone also includes lighting design by Ken Billington (Chicago ) and Brian Monahan, sound design by Acme Sound Partners, orchestrations by Larry Blank, dance and incidental music arrangements by Glen Kelly, and music director/vocal arrangements by Phil Reno.

The Drowsy Chaperone is produced by Kevin McCollum, Roy Miller, Bob Boyett, Stephanie McClelland, Barbara Freitag and Jill Furman.

Visit www.drowsychaperone.com for more information.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I saw this show in NYC - one of the funniest productions ever. Can't wait.