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Synopsis

When wealthy widow Mrs. Tottenham hosts the wedding of the year, she gets a lot more than a write-up in the society pages: Janet Van de Graaff, glittering starlet of Feldzieg’s Follies, is leaving the stage for love, a turn of events which horrifies the angry and anxious Mr. Feldzieg, whose chief investor has sent two gangsters disguised as pastry chefs to make sure he stops the wedding. Hiring Aldolpho, a Latin lover more vain than virile, to seduce the bride, is unsuccessful, as Janet’s chaperone, a drunken diva, gets herself mistaken for the bride and seduced in Janet’s place. It is left to eager best man, George,to quite by accident break up the happy pair, when he sends groom Robert Martin out to the garden, blindfolded, and in roller skates. Such are the antics of The Drowsy Chaperone, the fictitious 1928 musical comedy. This magical piece of meta-theatre and playful, heartfelt parody of the 1920s musical comedy features a chirpy jazz age score by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, and a lively, clever book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, both of were Tony winners in 2006. The score boasts such tunes as the scenery-chomping “Show Off”, the sizzling and silly “I Am Aldolpho”, the double-entendre laden “Toledo Surprise”, and “As We Stumble Along”, that rousing anthem to optimistic alcoholism.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano, Alto



Show Information

Category
Musical
Number of Acts
1 Act
First Produced
1998
Genres
Comedy, Parody, Romance
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
the present, apartment of the man in chair, and 1928, mrs. tottenham's estate
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
Some Dance
Ideal For
professional / regional theatre, college / university theatre, high school theatre, community theatre, strong ensemble
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, late teen characters

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