Running since: March, 2006 A tongue-in-cheek musical comedy throwback - a tribute to the days of just having a grand old time at the theatre. Bob Saget stars.
The Broadway production of The Drowsy Chaperone closed December 30, 2007. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
This warmhearted show is targeted precisely at the lover of the Broadway Musical, the guy or doll who stays up late into the night playing an Original Cast Recording in the living room. (Never call it a "soundtrack" - they hate that.) In a bit of wish fulfillment, the show itself materializes around the fuddy-duddy playing the album, and, wham-o, you're catapulted back to Broadway, circa 1928.
This is a great choice for the aficionado and the connoisseur (though some have kvetched that the show-within-a-show is pretty thin).
As a side bonus, it's in one of Broadway's newest and most comfortable theatres. Enjoy.
If you're picking up tickets at Will Call, keep in mind that (from street level) the box office is through one door, and the entrance to the theater is through another.
Cast News: Joanne Worley is currently in the show. Bob Saget joined the show 10/19 and is scheduled to play out the run.
No children under the age of 5 will be admitted (normal theatre policy). Everyone is required to have a ticket.
Here's a clip from the show's performance on the Tony Awards (you may have to click the arrow twice to play):
2006 Tony Awards: Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Leavel), Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical. 2006 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Musical, Oustanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Leavel), Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Book, Outstanding Set Design of a Musical, Outstanding Costume Design. 2006 Outer Critics Circle Awards: Outstanding New Score, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Leavel), Outstanding Set Design, Outstanding Costume Design.
(a) sweetheart of an escapist musical that celebrates the foolish magic of escapist distractions...
...a disarming, delightful soufflé...
...the show is absolutely charming -- the sweetest, cleverest and one of the most purely entertaining productions on Broadway.
New York Daily News
...full of wit and high spirits...
New York Magazine
Comedy has a special theatricality, one that a humorless Broadway loses. Delightfully, this show exploits every bit of it.
New York Post
...not a total wipeout... there are a few nicely wry jokes...
New York Times
Though this revved-up spoof of a 1920's song-and-dance frolic, as imagined by an obsessive 21st-century show queen, seems poised to become the sleeper of the Broadway season, it is not any kind of a masterpiece.
Snazzily staged by Casey Nicholaw, designed with wit in every department, this attraction flies high, thanks in part to a gifted company.
The Journal News
...this collection of show business cliches is really only for those many among us who come in laughing at the seat numbers. You know who you are. Go, and enjoy.
(an) entertainment that wears its cleverness on its sleeve.