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Review: The Drowsy Chaperone

4/28/2008 11:01:00 AM
I went to see The Drowsy Chaperone this past weekend at the Opera House near Downtown Crossing and it was really entertaining. I had heard it was winning awards and what not when I bought tickets all those months ago, but didn't really know what to expect.

Here's how wikipedia (here) describes it:

Act one begins with The Man in Chair, a mousy, vaguely depressive Broadway fanatic whose coping mechanism involves listening repeatedly to a recording of a 1928 stage show, The Drowsy Chaperone. When he first turns on his phonograph and static breaks from the speakers, he wistfully tells the audience, "I love that sound. To me, that’s the sound of a time machine starting up." By the time the first note sails out of his speakers, he's been transported to a magical dream world, one where the actors in the recording enter his dingy apartment and transform it into a gloriously garish set.

Just a few of the highlights in my opinion:
1. Amy's mom from Everybody Loves Raymond is in it.
2. Tapdancing synchronized to music - never seen that before.
3. An actor that looks like the spitting image of Mike Ditka. The thought of Mike Ditka singing is hilarious to me.
4. Someone rollerskating while blindfolded.

I think overall, Wicked is still my favorite one - it definitely had the highest production value out of anything I've seen. But then again, this is only the fourth musical I've seen in my lifetime. If you guys get a get a chance - see The Drowsy Chaperone. It was a little bit on the cheesy side, but I still enjoyed it. The performers in this show were definitely really talented.

Click (here) for a video interview of Georgia Engel (Amy's Mom) about her role in the musical.

Click (here) to see if you can score some tickets to the show.

PS. Use the restroom prior to the show because there is no intermission. I learned that the hard way. Luckily the show is pretty short - just under two hours.



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