The Drowsy Chaperone Original Broadway Version When a die-hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Hailed by New York Magazine as "The Perfect Broadway Musical," The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre. Full Synopsis Materials and Orchestration Concert Selections for The Drowsy Chaperone Concert Selections are original Broadway orchestrations and exciting new symphonic arrangements of select songs for use in concert performances.
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The Drowsy Chaperone is an homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age, examining the effect musicals have on the fans who adore them. The Man in Chair, a mousy, agoraphobic Broadway fanatic, seeking to cure his "non-specific sadness", listens to a recording of a fictional musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens to this rare recording, he is transported into the musical.
The characters appear in his dingy apartment, and it is transformed into an impressive Broadway set with seashell footlights, sparkling furniture, painted backdrops, and glitzy costumes. The plot of the show-within-a-show centers on Janet Van De Graaff, a showgirl who plans to give up her career in order to marry an oil tycoon, Robert Martin.
In order to save himself, Feldzieg enlists Aldolpho, a bumbling Latin Lothario, to seduce Janet and spoil her relationship with Robert. Meanwhile, Janet is having doubts about her groom. Disguising herself as a French woman, she tempts Robert into kissing her, and a massive misunderstanding emerges.
Watching from his armchair, Man in Chair is torn between his desire to absorb every moment of the show as it unfolds and his need to insert his personal footnotes and his extensive-but-trivial knowledge of musical performances and actors, as he frequently brings the audience in and out of the fantasy.
The concept that the audience is listening to the musical on an old LP is used throughout the show. At one point, the record "skips", which causes the last notes and dance steps of a song to be repeated until the Man in Chair can bump the turntable. A "power outage" near the end causes the stage to go dark in the middle of the big production number. The new record is actually the second act of a different musical by the same composer and librettist, starring many of the same actors.
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Drowsy Chaperone, The Musical Lyrics
Gardarn That is your cue out of In order to prevent Robert from accidentally seeing the bride before the wedding, he also provides Robert with a blindfold. The dashing, ever-cheerful groom; played by matinee-idol Percy Hyman. Their namesakes are used as characters in the musical. The production was staged by the same Broadway team and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. She needs to have a very strong stage presence and a very assertive singing style. George suggests that Robert blow off some steam by roller-skating.
DROWSY CHAPERONE LIBRETTO PDF
Miller saw potential in the show and he optioned the rights. Synopsis[ edit ] The Man in Chair, a mousy, agoraphobic Broadway fanatic, seeking to cure his "non-specific sadness", listens to a recording of the fictional musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens to this rare recording, the characters appear in his dingy apartment, and it is transformed into an impressive Broadway set with seashell footlights , sparkling furniture, painted backdrops, and glitzy costumes. Man in Chair provides a running commentary throughout the show from the stage, though he is on the audience side of the fourth wall , invisible to the players. Those in attendance include aging hostess Mrs. The gangsters reveal to Feldzieg that their boss has invested in the Follies and wants to make sure the show is a financial success, which it presumably will not be without Janet.
The Drowsy Chaperone Script
I Remember Love The development of this musical began in , when a few friends decided to make a creative mix of old and successful musicals and, based on them, to make a new one. Man in Chair was not only the character. In his head, events are born, but also he is a storyteller. The original version was as a little play, for less than spectators. Then one of the producers has made it to the hall of people, and after the subsequent success, expanded it to 1, viewers. All these production were in Toronto, and then it was decided to move a show to New York, where in it opened as first readings, preparation for Broadway.