Martin and Paige to Star in London Drowsy Chaperone; Vinyl Version of Broadway Cast Album To Be Released
Martin, who co-wrote the musical's book, will reprise the role of "Man in Chair", for which he received a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award. Paige will play the show's title character. Well known for her London performances in such musicals as Evita, Cats, and Chess, Paige also starred as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard in the West End and on Broadway, and she played Mrs. Lovett in the New York City Opera production of Sweeney Todd.
The Drowsy Chaperone has a book by Martin and Don McKellar, and a score by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. The show's Broadway designers -- David Gallo (sets), Gregg Barnes (costumes), Ken Billington and Brian Monahan (lighting), and Acme Sound Partners (sound) -- will repeat their duties for the London production, which will be produced by Kevin McCollum, Roy Miller, Boyett Ostar, Stephanie McClelland, Barbara Freitg, and Jill Furman.
In related Drowsy news, a 33rpm vinyl version of the original Broadway cast album will be released by Ghostlight Records on Wednesday, February 14. This will mark the first time in nearly 20 years that a Broadway cast recording will be issued as a vinyl LP. The limited-edition item is priced at $50, and a portion of the proceeds from sales of the album will benefit The Actors' Fund of America.