Directed by Anne Towns
Musical Direction by Ann-Carol Pence
Choreography by Jen MacQueen
This recent Broadway hit pays tribute to the Jazz‑Age shows of the 1920’s that lifted our spirits during the Great Depression. When a die‑hard musical theatre fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, the musical literally bursts to life in his living room. A brazen Broadway starlet’s wedding day is complicated by a motley crew of zany guests, including a gin‑soaked chaperone assigned to keep a watchful eye over the bride. Winner of 5 Tony® Awards.
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Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez, “Some of the most rewarding experiences for me as a producer have come from working on new musicals. With last season’s success of the world premiere of Clyde ’n Bonnie: A Folktale or in 2010 when we produced the first post-Broadway production of A Catered Affair, Aurora is cultivating a national reputation with new musicals. The Drowsy Chaperone is full of show-stopping numbers, and because the show is so new, the comedy is contemporary and not dated. It is a really fun show.”
About the Authors
Lisa Lambert (Music & Lyrics) is an actress, comedy writer and Tony Award‑winning composer. Lambert acted in the movies Childstar and Slings and Arrows. Her works for television include Getting Along Famously and Skippy’s Rangers: The Show They Never Gave. Lambert also took part in stage productions, including Mirth, People Park, The Irish Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Bargain Musical, All Hams on Deck, Ouch My Toe, An American in Harris and An Awkward Evening with Martin and Johnson. Lambert won the Tony Award for Best Original Score, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics for The Drowsy Chaperone.
Greg Morrison (Music & Lyrics) is a Tony Award‑winning and Drama Desk Award‑winning Canadian writer and composer. He also has extensive credits for directing and musical directing shows across the United States and Canada. He is a recipient of a Canadian Comedy Award and a Sterling Award for Original Composition. Morrison’s affiliation with The Drowsy Chaperone started in 1999 when Don McKellar and Lisa Lambert created a spoof of old musicals for the stag party before the wedding of their theatre friends Bob Martin and Janet Van de Graaff. He shared writing credit with Lisa Lambert and was heavily involved with the show while it was produced in Toronto before transferring to Broadway. Morrison won the Tony Award for Best Original Score, The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music for The Drowsy Chaperone.
Bob Martin (Book) is a writer, actor, and comedian from Toronto. He has performed in and written many TV shows. He also provides the voice of Cuddles the comfort doll on the Canadian TV show Puppets Who Kill, aired on The Comedy Network. He starred in the Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone as the “Man in Chair.” He also collaborated with Don McKellar on the book. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Man in Chair, and shared the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical with Don McKellar. After reprising his role as the Man in Chair in London’s West End production of The Drowsy Chaperone, for which he received an Olivier nomination, he starred in the show’s North American tour for its first stop in Toronto eventually “relinquishing his chair” to stay in Toronto with his wife and newborn son. Bob Martin recently wrote the book for the musical Minsky’s, which premiered at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles.
Don McKellar (Book) was born in Toronto, Ontario. McKellar made his first screen appearance in 1989 in Bruce McDonald’s film Roadkill, for which he also wrote the screenplay. McKellar collaborated again with McDonald for his 1991 film Highway 61, writing the screenplay and playing the starring role as the barber Pokey Jones. He appeared in Atom Egoyan’s films The Adjuster and Exotica, the latter of which earned him the Genie for Best Supporting Actor. McKellar collaborated with François Girard, authoring the screenplays for his films Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould and the Academy Award-winning The Red Violin, in which McKellar starred alongside Samuel L. Jackson. He also appeared alongside Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh in David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ. McKellar has appeared in all three seasons of television’s Slings & Arrows. The show is co-written by Bob Martin, his collaborator on The Drowsy Chaperone. In 2006, he won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical for The Drowsy Chaperone. He co-starred in and wrote the 2008 screen adaptation of José Saramago’s 1995 novel Blindness.
Lobby Art Exhibition
The LONA Gallery presents mixed media artist Darlington Dike Ike (D.D. Ike), at Aurora Theatre during the run of The Drowsy Chaperone.
D. D. Ike is known for using a variety of techniques and media, creating a style all his own. Whatever the medium—acrylics, watercolors, fiberglass or resins—his unique style can be recognized as he combines random spontaneity with splatters of unique realistic objects. Many of D.D’s creations carry a musical theme and suggest that he is most certainly a lover of jazz, with flowing lines and vibrant colors giving us a visual sensation of what the jazz would sound like if captured on canvas. A graduate of the School of Art and Design, Auchi Polytechnics, one of the most prestigious schools in Nigeria, D. D. Ike’s works have been exhibited in prominent galleries all over the world and he is the recipient of local and international awards. ”My art is merely an extension of who and what I am. I can only sculpt, paint or produce my experiences, and for that, I thank God…”
Join us for a reception and meet D.D. Ike on Friday, March 22 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the main lobby of Aurora Theatre. Refreshments will be served.
March 14–April 14, 2013
Wednesday–Saturday at 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm
Wednesday Discount Matinee
April 3 at 10:00am
Additional Support Provided by:
|Man in Chair||Steve Hudson|
|Robert Martin||Greg Bosworth*|
|Janet Van de Graaff||Liberty Cogen*|
|The Drowsy Chaperone||Courtney Patterson*|
|Aldolpho||Anthony P. Rodriguez|
|Mr. Feldzieg||Bart Hansard*|
|Mrs. Tottendale||Holly Stevenson|
|Trix the Aviatrix||Xylina Nuckles|
|Gangster #1||John Markowski|
|Gangster #2||Austin Tijerina|
|Music Director/Keyboard||Ann-Carol Pence|
|Keyboard 2||Chris Brent Davis|
|Producer||Anthony P. Rodriguez|
|Associate Producer||Ann-Carol Pence|
|Set Designer||Phil Male|
|Lighting Designer||Ben Tilley|
|Sound Designer||Daniel Terry|
|Costume Designer||Elizabeth Rasmusson|
|Wig Designer||Karin Craven|
|Props Designer||Maclare Park|
|Stage Manager||Kathryn M. Pelkey|
|Assistant Stage Manager||EB Hooyer|
|Production Manager||Britt Hultgren Ramroop|
|Technical Director||James M. Helms|
|Assistant Technical Director||Daniel Terry|
|Scenic Artist||Sarah Thomson|
|Light Board Operator||Kathryn M. Pelkey|
|Sound Board Operator||Alan Kirkland|
|Follow Spot #1||Molly Huntington|
|Follow Spot #2||Zack Vandever|
|Running Crew||Michael Tarver|
|Costume Assistant||Katherine Alexander|
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
†The Director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.
Original Broadway production of The Drowsy Chaperone produced by Kevin McCullum, Roy Miller, Bob Boyett, Stephanie McClelland, Barbara Freitag and Jill Furman.
The Drowsy Chaperone is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
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Wine Down Wednesday
Free wine tasting in the lobby before Wednesday evening performances from 6:30–8:00pm.
The wines paired for our production of
The Drowsy Chaperone:
Starry Night Vineyards
Starry Night Winery’s goal is to produce the finest wines possible that accentuate the regions from where the grapes are best grown. They currently produce Chardonnay and Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley, a Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley as well as Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from the Lodi appellation.
Highway 12 Vineyards
Founded in 2003, Highway 12 Winery was inspired by the vision and pioneering spirit of so many before them. Highway 12 wines are rooted in their legacy and they offer them proudly in recognition of the heritage and responsibilities they’ve assumed. Winemaker Michael Sebastiani has spent his life in these vineyards and his adult life making wine. His is a labor of love and tradition and the medals and critical recognition their wines receive attest to his skills and dedication.
The Path Wines
Sonoma is full of bike paths and hiking trails, and one never knows where they might lead. Small, half-acre vineyards can be found tucked away from the main roads like forgotten treasures. Greg Kitchens has been making wine for fourteen years and knows California’s appellations as well as anybody. Discover where The Path leads…
Niko’s Wine Corner