My wife, son, and I had the chance to see the Drowsy Chaperone last night at Villanova.
The play was put on by the Villanova Student Musical Theatre (VSMT), an entirely undergraduate run organization that produces at least two musicals per year. The goal of the organization is to provide students a means to unleash their theatrical abilities on the stage. Besides performing, there are also members in VSMT who simply enjoy set building, sound and lighting, costume design, or other aspects of theater.
I have to admit that I had never heard of this play until VSMT announced that it was putting on the play.
Here’s a description of the play from Wikipedia:
The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. It is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan; as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors. The Drowsy Chaperone debuted in 1998 at The Rivoli in Toronto and opened on Broadway on 1 May 2006. The show was nominated for multiple Broadway (2006) and London (2008) theatre awards, winning five Tony Awards (Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, Best Scenic Design, and Best Costume Design) and seven Drama Desk Awards. The show has had major productions in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, London, Melbourne and Japan, as well as two North American tours.
So apparently it was a big hit, but no surprise that I had not heard of it.
But the students did an amazing job (as they always do); we loved the show.
It was funny, had great music, and an easy to follow plot line – a winning combination.
So congratulations to the students at Villanova for another standout performance. We look forward to the next one.
Here’s a clip of one of my favorite songs: