Bob Saget is 'Drowsy's' New Man in Chair on 10/19
Bob Saget will make his Broadway debut in The Drowsy Chaperone, following an acclaimed Off-Broadway debut in Paul Weitz' play Privilege in 2005. Saget is the host of the hit NBC game show "1 vs. 100," and known worldwide for his television roles, for which he set a precedent by simultaneously starring in two top-ten primetime series the long-running sitcom "Full House," while also serving as the eight year host of "America's Funniest Home Videos." Saget recently guest-starred on the NBC series, "Law and Order: SVU" and the HBO series, "Entourage," and was critically hailed for his appearance in the documentary "The Aristocrats." His HBO special, shot at NYU, "Bob Saget: That Ain't Right," recently aired to controversial and glowing notices.
The most celebrated musical of the 2006 season and the recipient of thirteen major awards, The Drowsy Chaperone received the most Tony Awards of any musical five in total, including Best Book and Best Score, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, four Outer Critic's Circle Awards including Outstanding Scoreand the Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical.
The US Tour of The Drowsy Chaperone opened this week in the creators' hometown of Toronto, Canada, starring Tony Award-winning creator and star Bob Martin. Following the premiere engagement at Toronto's Elgin Theatre through October 14, the tour will play over 30 cities across the country including St. Louis, Charlotte, Schenectady, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Birmingham, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Atlanta, Naples, Orlando, R aleigh, Hartford, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, St. Paul, Boston, Providence, Greenville, Houston, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Drowsy Chaperone began previews April 3, 2006 and opened on Broadway on May 1, 2006 at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway).
The Drowsy Chaperone is directed and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot), with music and lyrics by Tony Award-winners Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and a book by Tony Award-winners Bob Martin and Don McKellar.
"To chase his blues away, a modern day musical theatre addict known simply as 'Man in Chair' drops the needle on his favorite cast album the 1928 musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the uproariously funny musical magically bursts to life on stage. We are instantly immersed in the hilarious tale of a glamorous bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises that take both the cast (literally) and the audience (metaphorically) soaring into the heavens. Man in Chair's infectious love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the theater," explain press notes.
Bob Saget starred on two of the most family-friendly shows network TV has ever produced, "Full House" and "America's Funniest Home Videos," but is also known as an on-the-edge, out of his mind, standup comedian for over thirty years. He has had scene-stealing cameos in Half Baked, Dumb and Dumberer, Showtime's series "Huff," the HBO series "Entourage" and the film The Aristocrats. He directed MGM's cult favorite feature film Dirty Work, directed and produced the highly acclaimed ABC television movie, "For Hope," and starred in the critically acclaimed, Paul Weitz Off-Broadway play Privilege. His decidedly adult brand of comedy, which deals with life as a single dad, dating, divorce, and any questions you had about "Full House," have led audiences to look at Saget in a whole new light. Bob was also on "Blowin' Up," Jamie Kennedy's MTV series starring his friends Jamie and Stu Stone, where his music video, "Rollin' with Saget" debuted. The video won a Fuse TV Award. He also recently guest starred on "Law & Order, SVU," and his critically acclaimed NBC Quiz Show "1 vs. 100," consistently delivered the network's best performance in its time slot in many years. January 2007 saw the successful DVD release of Farce of the Penguins, an R-rated comedy/documentary/love story that he wrote, directed, produced and provided voice-over for, with producer David Permut and Thinkfilm (The Aristocrats). It starred the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Lewis Black, Christina Applegate, and Tracy Morgan. Saget's one hour comedy special "Bob Saget: That Aint Right," is currently airing on HBO and has been widely-released on DVD. His plan is to follow it up with a stand-up tour of theaters and colleges, shoot new episodes of "1 vs. 100," and have an incredible time these next few months playing "Man in Chair."
The Drowsy Chaperone plays Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8PM and Sunday evening at 7PM with matinees on Wednesdays at 2PM and Saturday and Sunday at 3PM. For more information visit www.DrowsyChaperone.com
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