The Drowsy Chaperone
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Directed by Jeff Wilson
Performances: May 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2019
Auditions: Sunday, January 20 and Monday, January 21, 2019 (at 7PM)
A parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. As the recording of the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone plays, the show comes to life onstage. It’s all there: Mistaken identities, dream sequences, an unflappable English butler, an absent-minded dowager, a Broadway impresario, comic gangsters, a ditzy chorine, a harried best man, and a “Drowsy” (i.e. “tipsy”) Chaperone, played in the show-within-a-show by a blowzy Grande Dame of the Stage. The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at the musical theatre genre.
“The Perfect Broadway Musical” ~ New York Magazine
Man in Chair (Male, 40+) narrator. Lover of musical theatre.
Janet van de Graaff (Female, 25-35) the bride. Former star of Feldzieg’s follies, giving up the stage to get married. Singer, dancer, acrobat. Beautiful, glamorous, with an “exceptionally broad range and excels at playing both comedic and dramatic roles.”
The Chaperone (Female 35-50) Janet’s alcoholic confidante and friend.
Robert Martin (Male, 25-40) the groom. Charming, Dashing, handsome, ever-cheerful, and a bit self-absorbed. Must tap and roller skate.
George (Male, 25-40) Robert’s anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert’s best-interest always at heart. Must tap.
Aldolpho (Male, 35-50) Latin Lothario. Larger than life “ladies man.”
Mrs. Tottendale (Female, 40-60) The air-headed, proper, and bossy hostess of the wedding.
Underling (Male, 40-60) Mrs. Tottendale’s savvy butler who is thrifty and stiff yet has an understated sense of humor.
Feldzieg (Male, 40-60) producer of Feldzieg’s follies. Desperate to not lose his leading lady.
Kitty (Female, 25-35) Feldzieg’s companion. ditzy ingenue in waiting.
Trix (Female, 20s-40s) The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance, is recruited to preside over the wedding.
2 Gangsters (Male, 20s-40s) song and dance duo. Gangsters who work for Feldzieg’s biggest financial backer, posing as pastry chefs to “lean on” Feldzieg to make sure that Janet stays in the follies.
Ensemble (Staff/Reporters/Monkeys/Superintendent, etc)