Jazz Age musical jam packed with song and dance

“The Drowsy Chaperone” plays from March 20 to April 5 at Lakewood Cultural Center

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Posted 2/25/20

When a die-hard theater fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in a musical farce. “The Drowsy Chaperone,” on stage from March 20 to April 5 at the Lakewood Cultural …

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Jazz Age musical jam packed with song and dance

“The Drowsy Chaperone” plays from March 20 to April 5 at Lakewood Cultural Center

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When a die-hard theater fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in a musical farce.

“The Drowsy Chaperone,” on stage from March 20 to April 5 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, has won five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score. It is a send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one song and dance number after another.

Presented by Performance Now Theater Company and the Lakewood Cultural Center, performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday from March 20 to April 5. Tickets start at $20 and are available at the center’s box office, 470 S. Allison Parkway; by phone at 303-987-7845, or at Lakewood.org/LCCPresents.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 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 theater 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 as “the perfect Broadway musical” by New York Magazine, “The Drowsy Chaperone” pokes fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theater genre.

The cast includes Bernie Cardell as Man in Chair, Nancy Begley as The Drowsy Chaperone, Emma Maxfield as Janet Van de Graaff, Andy Sievers as Robert Martin, Seth Caikowski as Adolpho, Jennifer Burnett as Mrs. Tottendale, Brian Trampler as Underling, Alan Rubin as Mr. Feldzieg, Adrianne Hampton as Kitty, Andrew Bates as George, Kris Graves and Tim Campbell as Gangsters 1 & 2 and Brekken Baker as Trix.

The ensemble includes Lindsay Blackman, Samantha Burley, Court Clark, Rebecca Dean, Gennifer Grahnquist, Abby Herron, Riley Homes, James Martin, Justin Milner, Jessica Strong, Aaron Szindler and Will Treat.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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