05 May 2014

"The Drowsy Chaperone"

We returned home Sunday afternoon after viewing the Regent University Theatre production of The Drowsy Chaperone a second time in two days. To say that we liked this Broadway musical would be an understatement. We've seen most of the Regent productions over the past 15 years and this is the first time we've gone back for an encore. We were amazed at the singing and dancing talent of the cast of MFA graduate students (along with some undergrads).

The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical within a one-man (the Man in the Chair) play. The show is more than a mere escape as it contrasts the romantic and person failures of the Man in the Chair with a simple-minded fictional 1928 romantic Broadway musical comedy. While the fictional Drowsy Chaperone is a parody, the musical in which it is embedded is not.

For any who haven't already seen The Drowsy Chaperone, alas, Sunday's was the final show of the the season. We can only suggest that you make it a point to see some or all of next season's productions if you're in the area.

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