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The Drowsy Chaperone

2004 Festival

Bob Martin

Music Director
Greg Morrison

Beth Beyer, Danny Burstein, Lea DeLaria, Robert DuSold, Christine Ebersole, Georgia Engel, Patrick Garner, Paul Kandel, Richard Kind, Bob Martin, Reno Roop, Christopher Sieber, Christianna Tisdale and Robert Tunstall

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 8
Number of Principals (Female): 5
Total Cast Size: 13
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Created by award-winning Second City authors, this soph- twist -icated musical was the sleeper hit of the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival. “Outrageous humor! Openly affectionate and uproariously funny!” — Variety . A pampered Broadway starlet chooses marriage over show business. Her producer, desperate to save his career and re-pay gangster investors, sets out to sabotage the nuptials. Ruses are played, hi-jinks occur, and just before the plot spins completely out of control… everyone zeppelins down to Rio for a happy ending. This classic (albeit fictional) 1920’s musical is narrated with sinister enthusiasm by a tweedy musical theatre fanatic who stops throughout to praise or mock certain scenes and to provide lurid details about the performers’ sad real lives. A full production at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre was lauded by critics as “the best thing to happen to musical theatre in recent memory.”

Festival Successes

Opened on Broadway in 2006, winner of 5 Tony Awards, 7 Drama Desk Awards (including Outstanding Musical) and NY Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical. National tours in 2008 and 2009. Many professional productions worldwide. Licensed by Music Theatre International.