You’ll be sitting outdoors, so be sure to dress for the weather and be prepared for cooler temperatures in the evening.
Bursting with show-stopping song and dance – this Canadian musical parody & five-time Tony Award winner whisks audiences away on a Jazz Age journey of love, laughter, and libation.
Alone in his modest, one-bedroom apartment, a musical theatre fan puts on his favourite cast recording. As the record spins, the colourful & chaotic characters of a fictitious 1928 musical spring to life – filling his living room with all manner of movie stars, gangsters, divas, and more.
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Directed by Gillian Barber
Man in Chair, a middle-aged musical theatre lover who lives alone
Janet Van de Graff, the young bride-to-be and star of Feldzieg’s Follies
Robert Martin, the groom-to-be who is in love with Janet
The Drowsy Chaperone, Janet’s worldly confidante with a fondness for champagne
Aldolpho, a Latin Lothario
Mrs. Tottendale, the wealthy hostess of the wedding
Underling, Mrs. Tottendale’s butler and manservant
Mr. Feldzieg, the Broadway producer who wants to get Janet back in show business
Kitty, a classic 1920’s blonde chorine (chorus girl) and traveling companion of Mr. Feldzieg
George, the Best Man and loyal friend to Robert
Two New York Gangsters, posing as pastry chefs
Trix, the Aviatrix, a daring female aviator who lives a life of adventure
“In The Drowsy Chaperone, a middle-aged, semi-depressed character known only as Man in Chair tries to chase the blues away by listening to his favourite guilty pleasure: a fictional 1928 musical called The Drowsy Chaperone. In his dreary New York apartment, the glitzy story comes to life, rife with all the stock characters of the golden age of musicals: a pampered Broadway starlet, her debonair groom, a Latin lover, a gangster duo who double as pastry chefs, and more. It’s a hilariously clever parody of the form, but also a loving tribute to its transportive powers that speaks to musical-theatre geeks everywhere.” –The Georgia Straight
“The story of a middle-aged musical theatre nerd daydreaming about his favourite 1928 hit musical The Drowsy Chaperone, as the soundtrack plays and the show comes to life in front of him, is loaded with wry commentary and asides.” –Vancouver Sun
“There’s nothing snoozy or sleepy about this TUTS production of The Drowsy Chaperone: it’s flat-out, full-on fun. Plus it’s wickedly clever.” –Jo Ledingham
“Under Gillian Barber’s direction, there are no small performances in the musical playing out in the apartment, allowing Man in Chair’s combination of clever observations and sometimes touching pathos to ring through with clarity.” –Vancouver Presents