Story: The Drowsy Chaperone opens in Stirling

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Today’s world is driven by media, gossip, celebrity and the paparazzi. If you love to get the inside scoop, then ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ is the show for you!

The Hills Musical Company is once again breaking new ground in 2012 by presenting the South Australian premiere of a multiple award winning musical. The accolades comprise five Tony awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score), and seven drama desk awards (including Outstanding Musical and Outstanding Lyrics).

Premiering on Broadway in 2006 the show played over 700 times.

Step into the world of the elusively named ‘Man in Chair’ as he dishes all the dirt on the silly 1920s musical ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’. ‘To be honest,’ says Musical Director Mark DeLaine, ‘the musical within a comedy is actually awful. What makes it great are the many insights and pieces of gossip that Man in Chair imparts on the audience’.

Scott Nell stars as a die-hard musical theatre fan who invites us into his dreary living room. As he drops the needle on his all-time favourite album, the outrageously funny musical from the 1920s bursts into life complete with a pampered starlet, gangsters, chorus girls and all manner of mayhem.

The Drowsy Chaperone is a jazz-hot trip back to the golden age of musicals when stars had charisma, Broadway had romance and Rodgers had Hart.

With music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and book by Bob Martin and Don McKeller, The Drowsy Chaperone was written as a wedding gift for friends. It then took on a life of its own becoming a surprise smash hit!

Director David Sinclair says of this production; "Whether you are a theatre goer who only likes plays or you are one who loves musicals, this show is for you.  The Drowsy Chaperone is a cleverly constructed piece of theatre meshing together both play and musical.  I feel honoured to be part of the team to bring this production to life for the first time for South Australian audiences.  Our cast members are really wonderful and together with Linda Williams and Mark DeLaine, I am truly excited about working with them all".

The show will star Scott Nell as Man In Chair, Wendy Rayner as Mrs Tottendale, Greg Beer as Underling, Brady Lloyd as Robert Martin, Lindsay Prodea as George, Lindsay Dunn as Feldzieg, Shelley Crooks as Kitty, Fiona DeLaine as Janet Van De Grraaff, Bronwen James as The Drowsy Chaperone Jamie Richards as Aldolpho, Beau-Daniel Loumeau and Angus Smith as the Gangster Duo and Megan Humphries as Trix. The ensemble includes Jon DeLaine, Gus Robson, Adam Harrison, Fiona Aitken, Stacey Kennedy, Kate Anolak, Melissa Stupel and Nicole Hartnett.

Opening last night to a supportive audience, the show will from from the 9th to the 24th of November at the Stirling Community Theatre.

Details on specific show dates and times, as well as ticket prices and how to book can be found in the Barefoot ‘What’s On’ section here.

Don’t miss this laugh out loud comedy within a comedy which has an all-star Adelaide amateur music theatre cast. Check it out.

Paul Rodda


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