The Drowsy Chaperone Leads LADCC Award Nominations
The show received nominations for Best Musical, Director (Casey Nicholaw), musical direction (Phil Reno), book (Bob Martin & Don McKellar), musical score (Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison), lead performance by an actor for Bob Martin, featured performance by an actress for Beth Leavel's performance in the title role and scenic design by David Gallo. Honoring excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2005, the 37th Annual L.A.D.C.C. Awards will be presented at a ceremony March 13 at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, California.
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, a completely original new musical comedy directed and choreographed by Tony AwardŽ nominee Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot), with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, will begin previews April 3, 2006 and officially open May 1, 2006 at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway).
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE features a company of 17 including Danny Burstein (Titanic), Georgia Engel ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), Tony AwardŽ winner Sutton Foster (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Edward Hibbert (Noises Off), Troy Britton Johnson (Damn Yankees), Eddie Korbich (Wicked), Garth Kravits (Toxic Audio), Jason Kravits (Sly Fox), Beth Leavel (42nd Street), Kecia Lewis-Evans (Once on This Island), Second City's Bob Martin, Jennifer Smith (The Producers), Lenny Wolpe (The Sound of Music), Linda Griffin (42nd Street tour), Angela Pupello (Grease), Joey Sorge (Follies), Patrick Wetzel (The Producers) and a 15 piece orchestra.
To chase his blues away, a modern day musical theatre addict known simply as "Man in Chair" (Martin) drops the needle on his favorite LP - the 1928 musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the uproariously funny musical magically bursts to life on stage, telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet (Foster) who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer (Wolpe) who sets out to sabotage the nuptials, her chaperone (Leavel), the debonair groom (Johnson), the dizzy chorine (Smith), the Latin lover (Burstein) and a pair of gangsters who double as pastry chefs (Garth and Jason Kravits). Man in Chair's infectious love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the theater.