Geoffrey Rush stars as a die-hard musical theatre fan who invites us into his dreary living room. As he drops the needle on his all-time favourite album, an outrageously funny musical from the 1920s, The Drowsy Chaperone, bursts into life complete with a pampered starlet, gangsters, chorus girls and all manner of mayhem.
With a star-studded cast, sequin-drenched costumes and dazzling new production numbers, The Drowsy Chaperone is a jazz-hot trip back to the golden age of musicals when stars had charisma, Broadway had romance and Rodgers had Hart.
Don’t miss this five time Tony Award winning lollapalooza of a show.
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Key Photography: Marcel Aucar, Production Photography: Jeff Busby
‘On a quiet Monday night in New York a few years ago, I slipped into the first preview of this musical without knowing anything about it. For the next ninety minutes I sat enraptured by the most wonderfully mocking yet affectionate spoof of early Broadway musicals – a rich layer cake of homage piled on blancmange, with just a sprinkling of wistful insight. The overarching conceit that the musical is recreated for us by a Broadway fan as he plays the Original Cast Album is a stroke of comic genius. And speaking of comic genius, Geoffrey Rush (fresh from conquering Broadway himself) will conjure up a dazzling cavalcade of stars, which includes the riveting Robyn Nevin, the shimmering Shane Jacobson, the graceful Grant Piro, the raffish Richard Piper and hoofing Heidi Arena.’
Simon Phillips, Artistic Director