Want to go?
WHAT: “The Drowsy Chaperone”
WHEN: 8 p.m. July 10-14
WHERE: Huron Playhouse, 325 Ohio St., Huron
COST: $17/adult, $16/students and seniors, $13/children under 12, $15/person in groups of 15 or more (must pay one week in advance)
“[‘The Drowsy Chaperone’] is a satire farce with very broad, egotistical characters,” Director Jim Williams said.
Actually, it’s a musical within a comedy, depicting a fictional musical reminiscent of the jazz-age shows of the 1920s meant to jar folks out of their doldrums due to the Great Depression and Prohibition and other such maladies of the early twentieth century. Luckily, it sounds more complicated than it is.
“It will be a very entertaining evening,” Williams promised.
A winner of five Tony awards, “The Drowsy Chaperone” has only been around less than a decade and is now making the rounds of regional theatres. “I saw it in Findlay during summer theatre and knew we had to do it,” Williams said of wanting to see it on the Huron Playhouse stage. Play close attention and listen carefully — you don’t want to miss any of the sight gags or the funny lyrics of the songs. The storyline centers on the upcoming nuptials of showgirl Janet to oil tycoon Robert Martin. The show has gangsters, showgirls, a Rudolph Valentino-type, a Florenz Zeigfeld-type, an aviator-type similar to Amelia Earhart and the Man in the Chair who breaks the fourth wall (he talks to the audience). The Man in the Chair begins by setting needle on vinyl, transporting the audience back in time to the fictional musical. “It’s very vaudevillian,” Williams said. According to the director, the choreography will include some Charleston and roaring ‘20s moves in keeping with the golden age of musicals. “[It’s] hard to say until about two months later which dance or song is the cast’s favorite,” Williams said. “It’ll be the one they’ll remember after it’s all over.”