This witty love letter to the madcap musicals of the 1920s had its U.S. premiere at the Ahmanson in November 2005 and later moved to Broadway in May 2006, where it was the recipient of 13 major awards and received more Tony Awards than any other musical of the 2006 season, including Best Book of a Musical, Best Score, Costume Design and Scenic Design.
In The Drowsy Chaperone the curtain rises on a man in a chair, a present-day musical theatre fanatic eager to share his favorite Broadway musical with the audience. As he begins to play a rare cast recording on his hi-fi, The Drowsy Chaperone blooms to life on stage, telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to marry her debonair fiancé.
Add to the plot the producer who tries to sabotage the nuptials, the starlet's world-weary and scene-stealing chaperone, the nervous best man, the dotty dowager, the sardonic servant, the dizzy chorine, a Latin lover, a pair of gangsters posing as pastry chefs and an aviatrix. In no time the hi-jinks begin and the fun spins completely out of control.