THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Hilarious musical comedy opens at the Fine Arts Center on May 9
The Fine Arts Center Theatre Company is pleased to present The Drowsy Chaperone May 9 – June 2 in the SaGāJi Theatre.
Winner of five 2006 Tony Awards, this musical-inside-a-comedy begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be making my official Colorado acting (and singing and dancing) debut as Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone,” said Scott RC Levy, the FAC’s Director of Performing Arts and Producing Artistic Director. “It is a delightful confection, a perfect musical comedy for people who like musicals, and even one for those who could care less for them.”
“A delightful confection, a perfect musical comedy …“ – Scott RC Levy
As a performer, Levy has appeared off and off-off Broadway, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on the stage of the Globe in London, and in over 60 cities across the United States.
This fantastical show was called “a revved-up spoof of a 1920s song-and-dance frolic,” by The New York Times’ Ben Brantley, with an “ingenious narrative.”
The narrative finds Man in Chair, alone in his drab studio apartment, pining for the old days of Broadway. When he plays the soundtrack of a fictitious 1928 musical, his apartment transforms into a glittery musical with outlandish and unforgettable characters, tap dancing, singing, spit takes and comedic commentary.
This escapist musical won five Tony Awards, including ‘Best Book of a Musical’ and ‘Best Original Score’ as well as seven Drama Desk Awards, including ‘Best Musical’ in 2006.
Cory Moosman is directing The Drowsy Chaperone. His previous directorial credits at the FAC include the two most successful musicals in FAC history,Beauty and the Beast and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Moosman has appeared on stage as Max in The Producers and Dave in The Full Monty. He also co-writes and stars in the WYNOT Radio Theatre shows.
“Audiences can expect to laugh a lot” said Moosman. “It’s one of the best musical comedies out there. The show pokes fun at an earlier age of Broadway. That’s the highest form of flattery. It’s a great evening of comedy! And that’s something I know a little bit about.”
The cast includes several FAC veterans including Amy Sue Hardy (Crazy For You), David Hastings (Prelude to a Kiss), Nick Madsen (The Full Monty), Max Ferguson (An Ideal Husband), Sammy Gleason (Other Desert Cities), and Lacey Connell (Gypsy).
The creative team includes Erik D. Diaz (Scenic Design), Jonathan Spencer (Lighting Design), Janson Fangio (Costume Design), Jay Hahn (Musical Direction), and Mary Ripper-Baker (Choreography).
The Drowsy Chaperone is sponsored by El Pomar Foundation, KLITE 106.3, KKTV, The Gazette, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, H. Chase Stone Trust, The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel (Official Hotel of the FAC Theatre Company), and the members of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Tickets and Show times FAC Member Non-Members
Thursday Preview, 7:30p (May 9) $18 $20
Thursday, 7:30p (May 16, 23, 30) $27 $30
Friday / Saturday, 7:30p; Sunday, 2p $33 $37
Saturday matinee, 2p $29 $32
Student Tickets (any night) $15 $15
Enjoy a gourmet meal at Café 36 prior to the show. The award-winning staff will prepare a prix fixe chef’s menu that will match the theme of the production. Reservations are recommended and can be made at 719.477.4377. Visit the FAC website for the latest menu options.
More information concerning tickets sales for individuals or groups, and the Curtain Call Society can be found at csfineartscenter.org or by calling the FAC Box Office at 719.634.5583.