by Paula Citron
The musical The Drowsy Chaperone is the great Canadian success story. The little show that was a wedding gift for friends in 1998, became a fringe hit, got expanded into a full-size production, got even more gussied up for Broadway, and won five Tony Awards in 2006.
The Broadway road show version is terrific. Bob Martin is back as the Man in the Chair – the passionate fan of musicals – and once again he takes us through one of his favourite shows from 1928 – The Drowsy Chaperone. He also tells about the stars of that show, as well as riffing off into philosophical jaunts of his own. The script by Martin and Don McKellar remains scintillating and sophisticated. You laugh out loud but it has depth. The songs by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison have charm and wit.
Casey Nicholaw’s direction is hilarious and the cast is great. Not to be missed.
The Drowsy Chaperone continues until Oct. 14.
From the Elgin Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.