CHAGRIN FALLS, OH - The Drowsy Chaperone, an homage to the rollicking and exuberant American musicals of the jazz age, hits the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre stage March 16 - April 14.
Winner of five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk awards including Outstanding Musical, this hilarious show-within-a-show features a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. The show pays homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age through the mind of one great fan and his well-worn LP of an old cast recording.
The fun begins with a die-hard musical comedy fan known simply as "Man in the Chair", who speaks directly to the audience about life, love and his favorite past time, live theatre. He then asks the audience to listen along with him as he plays them his beloved cast album from his favorite (fictional) 1928 musical comedy called "The Drowsy Chaperone." The musical begins to unfold in his very apartment as he comments occasionally on the plot, songs or even the fictional actors playing his favorite characters. It is a loving spoof of and homage to 'golden age' musicals that practically vibrates with dozens of over-the-top characters and tow-tapping musical numbers. The Drowsy Chaperone has been called one of the wittiest, craziest shows ever to hit Broadway.
Under the direction and choreography of Marc C. Howard, with musical direction by Anney Jeandriven, the CVLT production boasts an 18-member cast including: Alexandria LaForce-Marzullo, Brenda Willis, Clayton Minder, Don Bernardo, Eric Oswald, Jerry Schaber, Brian Heigel, John Hickman, Laurel Bryant, Libby Merriman, Lisa Tarr, Mark Moore, Mark Snyder, Michael Rogan, Ryan Bernstain, Suzanne Davis, Tina Burgett-Krause, and Tom Boehringer.