In a shabby New York apartment, a die-hard musical-theatre fan plays his favourite Broadway cast album on vinyl with the musical literally bursting to life in his living room and telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.
With Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and a Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, The Drowsy Chaperone will be directed by Jay James-Moody (Carrie The Musical), musical direction by Paul Geddes and choreography by Monique Sallé.
Boasting an extraordinary cast of Sydney’s finest musical theatre talent, this production will feature Gael Ballantyne, Ross Chisari, Hilary Cole, Chris Coleman, Emma Cooperthwaite, Laurence Coy, Anna Freeland, Jay James-Moody, Jaimie Leigh Johnson, Steven Kreamer, Michele Lansdown, Brett O’Neill, Monique Sallé, Tom Sharah, and Richard Woodhouse
“The Drowsy Chaperone has been on our wish-list for many years. To be presenting a show that is essentially a love letter to musical theatre as our first production at Hayes Theatre Co is very fitting and exciting,” said James-Moody.
“This is a great show for musical traditionalists but is also hilariously meta and contemporary. It is fun, witty and full of heart.”
Originally presented on Broadway in 2006, The Drowsy Chaperone has won the Tony Award for Best Book and Best Score and has enjoyed major productions in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, London, Japan and a sell-out 2010 season by the Melbourne Theatre Company starring Geoffrey Rush, who is also set to star in a film adaptation of the show.
A rare combination of unprecedented originality and blinding talent, The Drowsy Chaperone boldly addresses a great unspoken desire in all of our hearts: to be entertained. If you’ve ever sat in a dark theatre and thought, “Dear Lord in heaven, please let it be good,” this is the show for you!
Founded in 2006, Squabbalogic provides a stage for Australia’s finest emerging and established artists to present exciting and dynamic work, while nurturing a fun, inclusive professional creative environment. Their recent productions of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Carrie The Musical were both nominated for Best Musical at the 2013 Sydney Theatre Awards.
The Drowsy Chaperone
Hayes Theatre, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point
Season: 14 March – 6 April 2014
Bookings: (02) 8065 7337 or online at: www.hayestheatre.com.au
For more information, visit www.hayestheatre.com.au for details.