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Page 1. Man in Chair Mrs. Page 2. Musical Numbers. Opening Scene. Fancy Dress. Cold Feets. Wedding Bells 1. Janet by the Pool. Show Off. Show Off — Playoff. Show Off Encore. Spit Take. As We Stumble Along. Stumble Playoff. Adolpho Playoff. Accident Waiting to Happen. I Sure Did. Kitty, The Incomprehensible. Toledo Surprise.
Act 1 Finale. Message From A Nightingale. Vaudeville Entrance. Love Is Always Lovely. Accident Underscore. Kitty, The Incredible. Wedding Bells 2. Finale Ultimo. Exit Music. Page 3. Songs By Character. Message from a Nightingale. Accident Preprise. Accident Waiting To Happen. Page 4. A voice from the stage addresses the waiting audience. I hate theatre. Well, it's so disappointing, isn't it?
You know what I do when I'm sitting in a. I pray. Oh, dear God, please let it be a good show. And let it be short, oh Lord in heaven, please. Two hours is fine, three hours is too much. And keep the actors out of the audience, God.
I didn't pay good money to have the fourth wall come crashing down around my ears. I just want a story, and a few good songs that will take me away. I just want to be entertained. I mean, isn't that the point? You know there was a time when people sat in darkened theatres and thought to themselves, "what have George and Ira got for me tonight?
Now it's, "Please, Elton John, must we continue this charade? And you thought to yourself, "My God when are they going to bring up the lights? Oh, how things have changed. How are we today?
I'm feeling a little blue myself. Anyway, whenever I'm feeling this way, blue, I like to listen to my music. I had a craving for a young Ronny Howard. But then I said "No! Let's have a treat! Let's disappear for a while into the decadent world of the 's. When the champagne flowed while the caviar chilled and all the world was a party". So, I dug about and what did I find —. It's a two record set, re-mastered from the original recording made in It's the full show with the original cast including Beatrice Stockwell as.
Isn't she elegant? And this is a full 15 years before she became Dame Beatrice Stockwell. Can you believe it? Let me read to you what it says on the back - it says "Mix-ups, mayhem and a gay wedding!
And that's just what the show is - fun. So…would you…indulge me? Would you let me play the record for you now? I was hoping you would say yes. He puts the record on the record player. He places the needle. Page 5. I love that sound. To me, it's the sound of a time machine starting up. The recorded overture begins. Alright now, let's visualize. Imagine if you will, it's November You've just arrived at the doors of the Morosco Theatre in New York.
It's very cold - remember when it used to be cold in November? Not anymore. November is the new August now. It's global warming - we're all. It's very cold and a heavy grey sleet is falling from the sky but you don't. He settles back and listens for a moment. Isn't this wonderful? He listens. It helps if you close your eyes. A kettle on the stove begins to whistle. MAN runs over to the stove and dances while he makes himself a cup of tea. Overtures are out of style now.
I miss them. It's the show's way of welcoming you. The meal will be served shortly, but in the meantime, would you like an appetizer? A Pu-pu platter of tunes, if you will. Something new! What could it be? Sounds like a dance number.
The Drowsy Chaperone
With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 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 theatre 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 by New York Magazine as "The Perfect Broadway Musical," The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre. Because of its many featured roles and accessible script, The Drowsy Chaperone will fit perfectly into any company's season or school's calendar.
The Drowsy Chaperone - Script
Page 1. Man in Chair Mrs. Page 2. Musical Numbers. Opening Scene. Fancy Dress.
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It is a parody of American musical comedy of the s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the fictional hit The Drowsy Chaperone , the show comes to life onstage, as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors. Following the Fringe staging, Toronto commercial theatre producer David Mirvish financed an expanded production at Toronto's seat, independent Theatre Passe Muraille in Box office success and favourable notices led Mirvish in to finance further development and produce a full-scale version at Toronto's seat Winter Garden Theatre.