Venue Details

3412 Star Starred
Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts
between Berkeley & Clarendon Streets 527 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
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4.7 / 5 Rated by 55 members
Review from Joel Shwimer

Fabulous! A great play which was well-performed/sung/danced/etc.

reviewed May 15 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Jennifer Coplon

This play is very skillfully done. It's farcically funny and well acted. The music is engaging, and the dancing--particularly the tap dancing--is excellent. It's fun watching how the narrator is woven into the plot about an old, "seemingly"...continued

reviewed May 11 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Rob Wendel

So sweet and endearing... from the vintage musical-loving "man in chair" to the "drowsy chaperone". The wink and loving nod to musicals of yesteryear provided a pleasant evening of innocent entertainment. A truly good time!

reviewed May 07 2011 report as inappropriate
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Mayhem, mix-ups and a gay (in the old sense of the word) wedding mark the high-spirited hijinx of this delightful show, which won five 2006 Tony Awards including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.  

Featuring music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, and a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, The Drowsy Chaperone begins when a die-hard musical fan plays a favorite cast album on his turntable, and the show magically bursts to life in his living room. Instantly he is immersed in the hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day in a show that pays tribute to American musicals of the Jazz Age.

Popular Boston actress Karen MacDonald stars as the Drowsy Chaperone in the SpeakEasy production, which also features Will McGarrahan as Man in Chair; Thomas Derrah as the dashing lothario Aldopho; McCaela Donovan as Janet Van De Graaff;  Kerry A. Dowling as Mrs. Tottendale; and Robert Saoud as Underling.

Also featured are Tiffany Chalothorn, David Christensen, Michael Coup, Sarah Drake, Ryan Halsaver, Joe Longthorne, Alison McCartan, Nellanna, Shawn Platzker, Brian Swasey, and J.T. Turner.

Longtime SpeakEasy collaborator David Connolly will direct and choreograph this production, his first directorial role for SpeakEasy.  His artistic team includes musical director Nicholas James Connell and assistant choreographer Jerusha Aman. 

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