Hubby and I just got back from seeing The Drowsy Chaperone and I couldn't wait to share it with you! Let's just say that I really enjoyed this show.
The show was approximately 90 minutes long with no intermission (Hubby liked that part). I had never heard of this show before seeing it so I had absolutely no expectations. The lights went down and stayed down for a while. At first it was a bit confusing. Then a voice - belonging to the Man in Chair started talking to the audience. A rather unique way to start a musical - in the dark with a character talking directly to the audience.
Man in Chair is apparently feeling down and wants to share some music with the audience as his way to cheer himself up. In this case the music is from the totally fictitious 1920's musical "The Drowsy Chaperone." Then, the hilarity ensues.
The basic set is Man in Chair's apartment and the cast of the musical strolls through and puts on a show - which "Man" sometimes wanders through. This musical within a musical is really, really, really, corny and - in Hubby's words "Just too silly." The "Man's" comments make the entire show.
Despite Hubby's lack of enthusiasm for this show (he doesn't like musicals and said this one was just too silly for him to enjoy. This from a man who likes Monty Python and the Three Stooges!), I highly recommend that if you get a chance you get tickets!
You won't be sorry! I wasn't!
P.S. If you purchase the soundtrack it tells the whole synopsis of the musical and then includes reviews of the "original" 1920's musical and the lyrics (which I always appreciate!).