The Drowsy Chaperone "Does what a musical Should -- Gives you a little tune to carry in your head for when you're feeling blue."
Samohi Theatre Presents A Wonderful madcap 1920's style comedy for 6 performances at Santa Monica's Barnum Hall.
March 15, 2023
The Drowsy Chaperone transported theatergoers to the 1920's. A tale of romance with a zany cast of characters, including dancing gangsters, huge musical numbers, mistaken identity, and vaudeville style gags all set in the roaring 20's.
Hailed as "the Perfect Broadway Musical" by New York Magazine, The Drowsy Chaperone has also been called "the funniest musical you've never heard of." It's shocking this hilarious show isn't more widely known. It was a winner of five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards when it first played on Broadway in 2006.
In this witty "Musical within a Comedy", a die-hard musical fan, plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit "The Drowsy Chaperone." We enjoy it with him as the musical magically comes to life. The audience is immersed in a delightful, uproarious tale with glamorous brides, tap-dancing groomsmen and a madcap group of fellow characters. Plus, a chaperone that should probably drink some coffee.
Theatre Director, Kate Barazza, says, "This show was a HUGE hit on Broadway, and our amazing production features a full pit orchestra, incredible costumes, show stopping dance numbers, tons of laughs and over 100 Samohi students! Suitable for all ages, you don't want to miss this fun show!"
The Man in Chair sums it up best, "that was The Drowsy Chaperone. Oh, I love it so much! I know it is not a perfect show . . . but it does what a musical is supposed to do - it takes you to another world and gives you a little tune to carry in your head for when you're feeling blue, you know? As we stumble along on life's funny journey."
Note: This article was edited to accompany these post production photos. Performances were in Barnum Hall on February 24, 25, March 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. and February 26 and March 5 at 3 p.m.