Marquis Theatre, (5/01/2006 - 12/30/2007)

First Preview: Apr 03, 2006
Opening Date: May 01, 2006
Closing Date: Dec 30, 2007
Total Previews: 32
Total Performances: 674

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)

Produced by Kevin McCollum, Roy Miller, Boyett Ostar Productions, Stephanie McClelland, Barbara Freitag and Jill Furman; Associate Producer: Sonny Everett and Mariano Tolentino Jr.

American Premiere produced at the Ahmanson Theatre by Center Theatre Group (Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director; Charles Dillingham, Managing Director)

Music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar; Music orchestrated by Larry Blank; Dance and Incidental Music Arrangements by Glen Kelly; Musical Director: Phil Reno; Vocal arrangements by Phil Reno

Directed by Casey Nicholaw; Choreographed by Casey Nicholaw

Scenic Design by David Gallo; Costume Design by Gregg Barnes; Lighting Design by Ken Billington and Brian Monahan; Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners and Nevin Steinberg; Hair Design by Josh Marquette; Make-Up Design by Justen M. Brosnan; Associate Scenic Design: Charlie Smith; Associate Costume Design: Sky Switser; Associate Lighting Design: Stephen Boulmetis

General Manager: The Charlotte Wilcox Company; Company Manager: Seth Marquette

Production Supervisor: Brian Lynch and Chris Kluth; Production Stage Manager: Karen Moore; Stage Manager: Joshua Halperin

Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by Phil Reno; Associate Conductor: Lawrence Goldberg; Reeds: Edward Joffe, Tom Murray, Tom Christensen and Ronald Jannelli; Trumpet: Dave Stahl, Glenn Drewes and Jeremy Miloszewicz; Trombone: Steve Armour and Jeffrey Nelson; Guitar: Ed Hamilton; Bass: Michael Kuennen; Drums: Perry Cavari; Percussion: Bill Hayes; Keyboard: Lawrence Goldberg and Matt Perri; Synthesizer Programmer: Jim Abbott; Music Preparation: Hotstave, Ltd.

Casting: Bernard Telsey Casting, Inc.; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Marketing: TMG - The Marketing Group; Dance Captain: Angela Pupello; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus

By Special Arrangement with Paul Mack

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Opening Night Cast

Danny BursteinAldolpho
Georgia EngelMrs. Tottendale
(Apr 03, 2006 - Apr 01, 2007)
Sutton FosterJanet Van De Graaff
(Apr 03, 2006 - Apr 15, 2007)
Edward HibbertUnderling
(Apr 03, 2006 - Jul 02, 2006)
Troy Britton JohnsonRobert Martin
Eddie KorbichGeorge
(Apr 03, 2006 - May 20, 2007)
Garth KravitsGangster #2
Jason KravitsGangster #1
Beth LeavelThe Drowsy Chaperone
Kecia Lewis-EvansTrix
Bob MartinMan in Chair
(Apr 03, 2006 - Mar 11, 2007)
Jennifer SmithKitty
Lenny WolpeFeldzieg
(Apr 03, 2006 - Jun 03, 2007)
Linda GriffinEnsemble
Angela PupelloEnsemble
Joey SorgeEnsemble
Patrick WetzelEnsemble

Swings: Andrea Chamberlain, Jay Douglas, Stacia Fernandez and Kilty Reidy

Understudies: Andrea Chamberlain (Janet Van De Graaff, Kitty), Jay Douglas (Aldolpho, Feldzieg, Man in Chair, Robert Martin), Stacia Fernandez (Mrs. Tottendale, The Drowsy Chaperone, Trix), Linda Griffin (Mrs. Tottendale, The Drowsy Chaperone, Trix), Angela Pupello (Janet Van De Graaff, Kitty), Kilty Reidy (Gangster #1, Gangster #2, George, Underling), Joey Sorge (Aldolpho, Gangster #1, Gangster #2, Robert Martin) and Patrick Wetzel (Feldzieg, George, Man in Chair, Underling)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2006 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Kevin McCollum, Roy Miller, Boyett Ostar Productions, Stephanie McClelland, Barbara Freitag and Jill Furman

winner 2006 Best Book of a Musical [winner] 

Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

winner 2006 Best Original Score [winner] 

Music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison

 2006 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Bob Martin

 2006 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Sutton Foster

 2006 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Danny Burstein

winner 2006 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Beth Leavel

 2006 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Casey Nicholaw

 2006 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Casey Nicholaw

 2006 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 

Larry Blank

winner 2006 Best Scenic Design of a Musical [winner] 

David Gallo

winner 2006 Best Costume Design of a Musical [winner] 

Gregg Barnes

 2006 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Ken Billington and Brian Monahan

Drama Desk Award

winner 2006 Outstanding Musical [winner] 

Produced by Kevin McCollum, Roy Miller, Boyett Ostar Productions, Stephanie McClelland, Barbara Freitag and Jill Furman

winner 2006 Outstanding Book of a Musical [winner] 

Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

 2006 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Bob Martin

 2006 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Sutton Foster

 2006 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Eddie Korbich

winner 2006 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Beth Leavel

 2006 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Casey Nicholaw

 2006 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 

Casey Nicholaw

 2006 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Larry Blank

winner 2006 Outstanding Lyrics [winner] 

Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison

winner 2006 Outstanding Set Design of a Musical [winner] 

David Gallo

winner 2006 Outstanding Music [winner] 

Music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison

winner 2006 Outstanding Costume Design [winner] 

Gregg Barnes

 2006 Outstanding Sound Design [nominee] 

Sound Design by Acme Sound Partners

Theatre World

winner 2006 Award [recipient] 

Bob Martin

Songs

Fancy Dress
(music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison )
Company
Cold Feets
(music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison )
Robert Martin and George
Show Off
(music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison )
Janet Van De Graaff and Company
As We Stumble Along
(music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison )
The Drowsy Chaperone
I Am Aldolpho
(music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison )
Aldolpho and The Drowsy Chaperone
Accident Waiting to Happen
(music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison )
Robert Martin and Janet Van De Graaff
Toledo Surprise
(music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison )
Gangsters, Feldzieg, Kitty, Aldolpho, George, Janet Van De Graaff, Robert Martin, Underling, Mrs. Tottendale, The Drowsy Chaperone and Company
Message From a Nightingale
(music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison )
Kitty, Gangsters, Aldolpho and The Drowsy Chaperone
Bride's Lament
(music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison )
Janet Van De Graaff and Company
Love Is Always Lovely in the End
(music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison )
Mrs. Tottendale and Underling
I Do, I Do in the Sky
(music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison )
Trix and Company
As We Stumble Along (Reprise)
(music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison )
Company

Reviews


AP: "1920s Musical Comedy Celebrated"

If you want to get some idea of what it means to be over the moon for musical comedy, pay a visit to Broadway's Marquis Theatre, where a disarming, delightful souffle called "The Drowsy Chaperone," is making a strong case for song-and-dance obsession.

We are in the world of the true believer, in other words, a fan, a fellow simply called Man in Chair (portrayed by the engaging Bob Martin), who champions the world of musical theater.

"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?" he says directly to the audience at the beginning of the evening.

Well, yes. And "The Drowsy Chaperone," delivers, not only as sparkling entertainment but, on another level, as a touching tribute to those often lonely folks out there in the dark who cheer on their favorite shows and stars.

In this case, the show within the show is called "The Drowsy Chaperone," a fictitious 1928 musical that comes to life when our cardigan-wearing narrator, sitting quietly in his dumpy apartment, lovingly puts the original-cast album on his record player.

One of things that makes this production so enjoyable is that it is unexpected. We haven't seen anything quite this original in a long time. "The Drowsy Chaperone," co-authored by Martin and Don McKellar, began life as a small fringe show in Toronto, gradually getting bigger before it was expanded for a production late last year in Los Angeles by the Center Theatre Group.

Director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw must be a Broadway baby because he has captured the giddy (some might say silly) world of 1920s musical theater, a time before shows got serious and often self-important.

"Drowsy," which has music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, revels in the cliches of the era, its characters a parade of stock figures out of what theatergoers expected in those frivolous days before the Depression.

Its story is pure escapism. A theater star is getting married, much to the chagrin of her producer, who wants to stop the wedding. A slightly tipsy older woman -OK, now you know where the title comes from - is on guard to look after the young woman. Add, among others, the debonair bridegroom, his tap-dancing best man, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, an over-the-top Italian matinee idol, a dotty wealthy woman, her supercilious butler, the producer's dimwitted girlfriend and an aviator and you pretty much have the whole cast.

Nicholaw has directed the show with affection, using performers who can sing, crack bad jokes and cope with his gloriously inventive choreography. In one absolutely dizzy production number, the stage star, played by Sutton Foster, decides she no longer wants to be a showoff on stage - and then precisely does just that.

Foster, brassy yet sweetly vulnerable at the same time, demonstrates why she is a complete musical-comedy performer, one who can do just about anything - including a one-handed cartwheel. Broadway-cured ham is delivered by Danny Burstein as that scenery-chewing Italian Lothario and Beth Leavel, as the musical's title character, a liquor-swilling queen of the slow-burning retort.

But then everyone gets their moment to shine, whether its Georgia Engel and Edward Hibbert doing a moldy vaudeville routine, leading man Troy Britton Johnson crooning a smooth ditty called "Accident Waiting to Happen" while roller-skating blindfolded or Eddie Korbich hoofing his way through a snappy tune called "Cold Feets," which is anything but frigid.

Even the look of the musical is fun. Designer David Gailo's drab apartment magically transforms into the perfect musical-comedy setting. And Gregg Barnes' costumes are not only gorgeous visually but witty as well.

While all this frivolity is going on, Man in Chair gleefully watches the proceedings. He sings along, mimes dance routines and occasionally gives us personal histories on some of the performers who starred in that 1928 production, including one whose unfortunate demise involved a couple of man-eating poodles (don't ask).

Man in Chair clearly loves what he is listening to. It takes him out of the dreary real world that occasionally intrudes on the show he is celebrating. He wants us to enjoy "The Drowsy Chaperone" as much as he does. You know what? We do.


AP
05/01/2006

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Marquis Theatre

(5/1/2006 - 12/30/2007)
Company Manager: Bruce Kagel; Assistant Co. Mgr: Elizabeth M. Talmadge(Nov 29, 2007 - Dec 30, 2007).

Drums: Billy Miller; Trumpet: Brian O'Flaherty.

Dance Captain: Linda Gabler; Assistant Dance Captain: Jay Douglas.

Cast

Peter Bartlett
Underling (Jan 16, 2007 - Dec 30, 2007)
Jonathan Crombie
Man in Chair (Mar 20, 2007 - Apr 22, 2007)
Man in Chair (Aug 21, 2007 - Oct 18, 2007)
Mara Davi
Janet Van De Graaff (Jul 31, 2007 - Dec 30, 2007)
Linda Gabler
Ensemble
John Glover
Man in Chair (Apr 24, 2007 - Aug 19, 2007)
Dale Hensley
Ensemble
Edward Hibbert
Underling (Sep 12, 2006 - Jan 14, 2007)
Janine LaManna
Janet Van De Graaff (Apr 17, 2007 - Jul 29, 2007)
Bob Saget
Man in Chair (Oct 19, 2007 - Dec 30, 2007)
Noble Shropshire
Underling (Jul 3, 2006 - Sep 10, 2006)
Gerry Vichi
Feldzieg (Jun 5, 2007 - Dec 30, 2007)
Matt Wall
Ensemble
Super
Patrick Wetzel
George (May 22, 2007 - Dec 30, 2007)
Cindy Williams
Mrs. Tottendale (Dec 11, 2007 - Dec 30, 2007)
Joanne Worley
Mrs. Tottendale (Apr 17, 2007 - Dec 9, 2007)
Joanna Young
Ensemble



Understudies: Linda Gabler (Kitty, Mrs. Tottendale, Trix), Tripp Hanson (Gangster #1, Gangster #2, Underling), Dale Hensley (Aldolpho, Feldzieg, Gangster #1, Gangster #2, Underling), Kate Loprest (Janet Van De Graaff, Kitty), Mamie Parris (Janet Van De Graaff, Kitty, The Drowsy Chaperone), Matt Wall (Gangster #1, Gangster #2, George, Robert Martin), Bob Walton (Gangster #1, Gangster #2, George), Joanna Young (Janet Van De Graaff, Kitty).


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