The Drowsy Chaperone | May 9 - June 2, 2013


A CHRISTMAS STORY | Watch out, kid!

"Everything always works out in musicals. In the real world, nothing ever works out and the only people who burst into song are the hopelessly deranged."

This musical-inside-a-comedy begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.

"I couldn't be more excited to be making my official Colorado acting (and singing and dancing) debut as Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone,” said Scott RC Levy, the FAC’s Director of Performing Arts and Producing Artistic Director. “It is a delightful confection, a perfect musical comedy for people who like musicals, and even one for those who could care less for them." 

This fantastical show was called “a revved-up spoof of a 1920s song-and-dance frolic,” by The New York Times’ Ben Brantley, with an “ingenious narrative.”

The narrative finds Man in Chair, alone in his drab studio apartment, pining for the old days of Broadway. When he plays the soundtrack of a fictitious 1928 musical, his apartment transforms into a glittery musical with outlandish and unforgettable characters, tap dancing, singing, spit takes and comedic commentary.

This escapist musical won five Tony Awards, including ‘Best Book of a Musical’ and ‘Best Original Score’ as well as seven Drama Desk Awards, including ‘Best Musical’ in 2006.

“DELIGHTFUL, SPARKLING ENTERTAINMENT! You’ll be over the moon! We haven’t seen anything quite this original in a long time.” —Associated Press

Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison | Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

"I couldn't be more excited to be making my official Colorado acting (and singing and dancing) debut as Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone,” said Scott RC Levy, the FAC’s Director of Performing Arts and Producing Artistic Director. “It is a delightful confection, a perfect musical comedy for people who like musicals, and even one for those who could care less for them."

Cory Moosman is directing The Drowsy Chaperone. His previous directorial credits at the FAC include the two most successful musicals in FAC history, Beauty and the Beast and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Moosman has appeared on stage as Max in The Producers and Dave in The Full Monty. He also co-writes and stars in the WYNOT Radio Theatre shows.

“Audiences can expect to laugh a lot” said Moosman. “It's one of the best musical comedies out there. The show pokes fun at an earlier age of Broadway. That's the highest form of flattery. It's a great evening of comedy! And that's something I know a little bit about.”

The cast includes several FAC veterans including Amy Sue Hardy (Crazy For You), David Hastings (Prelude to a Kiss), Nick Madsen (The Full Monty), Max Ferguson (An Ideal Husband), Sammy Gleason (Other Desert Cities), and Lacey Connell (Gypsy).


Actors
Scott RC Levy (Man In Chair); Stephen Day (Aldolpho); Amy Sue Hardy (The Chaperone); David Hastings (Feldzieg); Casiena Raether (Kitty ); Tj Norton (Gangster #1); Nick Madsen (Gangster #2); Zach Guzman (George); Becca Vourvoulas (Janet); Max Ferguson (Robert Martin); Laurie Gabrieal (Mrs. Tottendale); Sammy Gleason (Underling); Regina Fernandez (Trix / Ensemble; Maid 1; Reporter 3); Lacey Connell (Female Ensemble; Maid 2; Reporter 2); Jonathan Eberhardt (Male Ensemble; Butler 1; Reporter 1); Adam Blancas (Male Ensemble; Butler 2; Reporter 4; Super).

Creative Team
Cory Moosman (Director); Erik D. Diaz (Scenic Designer); Lighting Design by Jonathan Spender (Lighting Designer); Janson Fangio (Costume Designer); Jay Hahn (Musical Director); Mary Ripper-Baker (Choreographer).

May 9 | Preview: 1/2 priced tickets available on a first come, first served basis.

May 10 | Opening Night: Enjoy a post-performance reception with the cast.

May 12 | TalkBack: Join Producing Artistic Director Scott RC Levy and cast for a free post-performance discussion.

May 30 | Backstage Tour: Go behind the curtain and learn how the magic happens onstage with a focus on design elements.

Press Release | THE DROWSY CHAPERONE: Hilarious Musical comedy opens at the Fine Arts Center on May 9

Photo Album | The Drowsy Chaperone

PHOTO ALBUM | The Drowsy Chaperone

The following segments aired on Fox21 News on May 16:


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