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Setting the Scene

The Show
Co-written by Don McKellar and Bob Martin, The Drowsy Chaperone debuted in Toronto in 1998 and opened on Broadway in 2006. The two friends had no idea that the joking spoof of 1920s musical comedy that they devised at Martin's 1997 bachelor party would morph into a hit musical of the decade. The show centers on The Man in Chair, a meek, mousy Broadway fanatic, who decides to listen to the soundtrack of his favorite fictional 1920s musical hit, The Drowsy Chaperone. As the music plays, the show comes alive in his apartment and he watches and narrates the stage cues as flappers, gangsters disguised as pastry chefs, and even a female aviatrix sing and dance across his living room. A show within a show, The Drowsy Chaperone fuses big band jazz musical numbers, flamboyant dance routines, and dynamic characters with 1920s Jazz Age culture. The Drowsy Chaperone was nominated for several Tony and Drama Desk Awards and won the Tony awards for Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, Best Scenic Design, and Best Costume Design.

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The Masque


Theatre and Performance Studies


Producer's Corner

Welcome to the Masque of La Salle's Production of The Drowsy Chaperone. We are excited and proud to begin the 2012-2013 season by bringing La Salle back to the 1920s. I hope everyone will walk away from this production with the rhythm and beats from the jumpin' music of the 20s.

The Drowsy Chaperone has offered us the opportunity to work once again with T.J. Sokso, the director of La Salle's production of Urinetown. We are grateful for all of his work and creativity throughout this production. We would also like to thank our choreographer, Adrienne Maitland, and Michael Borton, our faithful musical director, for all their time and talents. Their visions and guidance have been inspiring to us all.

Our gratitude and appreciation go out to all that have a role in making this production possible: Administration Services, University Advancement, The Dean of Students Office, Physical Facilities, the Programming Center, La Salle's Jazz/Pep Band, University of the Arts, and Multimedia Services. The Executive Board would also like to personally thank our advisor, Dawn Wanner, for her support of, pride in, and dedication to this production.

Thank you for your attendance today and enjoy the show!

Dionna Clanton
Producer and President

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The Drowsy Chaperone