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5.0 / 5 Rated by 4 members
Review from Michal Roof
13 events 1 review

This is a very funny well performed musical. Great talent - both singing and dancing - and an entertaining story. A lovely way to spend an evening. Our teenagers loved it too.

reviewed Oct 30 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Sondra Eckstein
23 events 17 reviews

I took a girlfriend to celebrate her birthday. The play is hilarious--a spoof of over-the-top musicals. The cast, the set, and the costumes were wonderful. One thing that really tickled us was when the narrator closes a Murphy bed with the...continued

reviewed Nov 05 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Tom
2 events 1 review

Better than New York performance. Loved the plot and the music.

reviewed Nov 05 2010 report as inappropriate
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Hilarity and wild antics abound as Woodside Community Theatre presents the peninsula premiere of the five-time Tony Award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone. With book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, this charming and slightly wacky tribute to the musicals of the 1920s is a rare combination of modern wit and classic musical comedy.

Regarded as “a musical within a comedy,” The Drowsy Chaperone begins when a modern-day, die-hard musical theater fan known simply as “Man in Chair” plays his favorite cast album, the fictional 1928 musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone, on his turntable. As the overture starts the musical bursts to life in his studio apartment, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet giving up her life on the stage to marry her true love, and her producer so desperate to keep his showgirl that he will go to great lengths to stop the nuptials. With an elaborate cast of over the top characters, including the dashing groom, his best man, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, the Latin lover, and a drunken chaperone, The Drowsy Chaperone boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in everyone’s heart — to be entertained.

The Drowsy Chaperone opened on Broadway in 2006, where it played 674 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Beth Leavel as the Chaperone, Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design.

The New York Times called the show "a bona fide escapist musical,” while Variety declared it “delectable … genuinely funny” and “a surprisingly heartfelt tribute to all who find solace in a favorite show when

life’s troubles are taking their toll.”

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