Victoria Theatre gets ‘Drowsy’

Victoria Theatre gets ‘Drowsy’

Hilarious is the word … or is it Hysterical?

By Brian P. Sharp

Robb Sapp as Robert Martin and Megan Nicole Arnoldy as Janet Van de Graaff and Jana Robbins as the 'Drowsy Chaperone.'

The Victoria Theatre Association in partnership with The Human Race Theatre Company will present “The Drowsy Chaperone.”  With songs by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, it is a romp through the mad-cap world of musical theatre, directed by Kevin Moore.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” was written as a wedding gift from McKellar, Lambert and Morrison for the star Bob Martin and his wife Janet. It started out as several songs at a stag party.

It pays homage to the extravagant musicals of the 20s. It allows you to remember times when prohibition reigned, liquor flowed, showgirls were the Lady Gaga’s of their time and gangsters were everywhere.

The laughter will start at the beginning and last until the curtain falls. Nothing is sacred to the creators of the show. Pot shots are taken equally at everyone. The show is hilarious at times while still being sweet, loving and funny.

Timing is everything in this musical. The show delivers the glamorous showgirl, who gives up the stage for love and marriage, her debonair fiancé and her weary scene-stealing chaperone with great affection. Add to that the best man, the dowager, the servant, the controlling producer, the understudy, the Latin lover, an Amelia Earhart-esque character and some gangsters posing as pastry chefs … and you have quite a show!

The evening is filled with song and dance numbers that deal with everything from pre-wedding jitters to a Latin lover’s serenade. Very few productions pull an audience so quickly into laughter, literally before the lights go up with lines like “I hate theatre.”

The “Man in Chair” who is a mousy Broadway fanatic, seeking to cure his sadness, listens to a recording of a 1928 musical comedy, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The man becomes transported into the musical. The characters appear to him and his apartment is transformed into a Broadway set complete with backdrops, furniture and costumes.

We are totally primed to enjoy whatever follows in a tale of love – that includes gangsters, show people, millionaires and servants.

The cast includes: Wally Dunn as Man in Chair; Pat Linhart as Mrs. Tottendale; Scott Stoney as Underling; Robb Sapp as Robert Martin; Christopher Gurr as Aldopho; Megan Nicole Arnoldy as Janet Van de Graaff; and Jana Robbins as The Drowsy Chaperone, to name a few.

But wait … is there a story within the story? You will have to come and find out! Enjoy this hilarious tale featuring great music and fabulous dancing!  “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a 2006 Tony Award winner. Don’t miss it…you will laugh out loud!

For tickets, call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit them online at www.ticketcenterstage.com, or visit the box office in person, located in the Schuster Center.

‘Golda’s balcony’ is postponed at The Dayton Theatre Guild
The Dayton Theatre Guild announced last week that the production of “Golda’s Balcony” by William Gibson has been postponed. Due to ongoing productions by Tovah Feldshuh, who starred in the original production of “Golda’s Balcony” on Broadway, the Dayton Theatre Guild production of the show has been postponed to a future date, which will be determined later. Please visit the Guild for their next production, “The Boys Next Door” by Tom Griffin, which opens April 1 and runs through April 17.  It is directed by
Natasha Randall.

Tickets may be ordered via the website at www.daytontheatreguild.org.

Reach DCP theatre critic Brian P. Sharp at theatre@daytoncitypaper.com

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