THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is a stunning modern parody of 1920s American Musical Comedies, vividly presenting the fictional 1928 Broadway Hit musical THE DROWSY CHAPERONE.
A constant Narrator (Man in Chair) played superbly and authentically and with gusto by David Verdejois, is the ultimate Broadway Nostalgia Fan, who acknowledges and talks to the audience, taking the entire audience through the delicious delights of his favourite musical. Stopping and then re-starting the musical, to provide the audience with his clever behind-the-scenes insightful commentary on the music, the play, the actors, the characters, and the tap-dancing. Plus an unexpected bedroom arrives, and an unusual entrance double-doorway opens onto the stage.
The director (Kelly Horrigan) has perfectly cast all the roles, with a ensemble cast of great voice talents, singing and dancing, all beautifully attired with wonderful and constantly changing costumes (except for Underling). The Drowsy Chaperone (Andrea van den Bol), is superbly over the top in all the best possible ways, and Janet van de Graaffand (Alisia Jedrzejczak) intelligently delivers all the ups and downs of her character, and both have magnificent singing voices, that are also a standout delight.
The playwright asking the actors to deliberately and incorrectly pronounce the name of the French ocean liner, SS Île de France (prononcé – il də fʁɑ̃s) as “Aisle-dah-Frar-nce” was so very very cute.
Highly recommended, and just so very wonderful, high production values, they nailed the perfect cast, delivering magical and clever mix of dance, tap-dancing and rollicking songs, and have already bought tickets to see this show for the second time on Wednesday Night.
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE debuted in 1998 at The Rivoli in Toronto, and on 1st May 2006 opened on Broadway, winning five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards. Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is presented by North Shore Theatre Company.
Friday 6 September 2019 at 7:30pm – Opening Night
Saturday 7 September at 7:30pm
Sunday 8 September at 3pm
Wednesday 11 September at 7:30pm
Friday 13 September at 7:30pm
Saturday 14 September at 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday 15 September at 3pm
The Zenith Theatre, Mcintosh Street and Railway Street, Chatswood, NSW
North Shore Theatre Company (formerly famously known as Chatswood Musical Society) played at the Zenith Theatre for almost ten years and THE DROWSY CHAPERONE is our 155th show and our 15th at The Zenith Theatre.