Aurora Theatre continues its 17th season with the 2006 Broadway sensation, The Drowsy Chaperone playing March 14 through April 14, 2013. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peak at the cast in the photos below!
This Winner of 5 Tony Awards pays tribute to the Jazz?Age shows of the 1920's that lifted our spirits during the Great Depression. When a die?hard musical theatre fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, the musical literally bursts to life in the living room of his dingy apartment. His favorite musical, entitled The Drowsy Chaperone begins on a Broadway starlet's wedding day and is complicated by a motley crew of zany guests, including a gin?soaked chaperone assigned to keep a watchful eye over the bride.
Initially, The Drowsy Chaperone was created in 1997 as a gift from Don McKellar, Lisa Lambert, and Greg Morrison for the stag party of Bob Martin and Janet Van De Graaff. The musical spoof was reshaped for the 1998 Toronto Fringe Festival. Bob Martin became a co-writer and developed "Man in Chair" to serve as a narrator. After years of development, The Drowsy Chaperone opened on May 1, 2006 at Broadway's Marquis Theatre.
The creative team behind Aurora Theatre's smash hits Singin' in the Rain and A Chorus Line, Director Anne Towns, Choreographer Jen MacQueen and Music Director Ann-Carol Pence have reunited. After her Atlanta debut in the title role of Kiss of the Spider Woman at Actor's Express, Liberty Cogen plays Broadway starlet Janet Van De Graaff opposite dashing leading man Greg Bosworth, who portrays oil tycoon Robert Martin. The lovable Man in Chair will be played by Steve Hudson. Aurora Producing Artistic Director Anthony P. Rodriguez is Latin lover extraordinaire Aldolpho and the perennially tipsy Chaperone is the hilarious Courtney Patterson. The cast is stocked with favorites from past Aurora Theatre productions; Bart Hansard (Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale), Brandon O'Dell (Christmas Canteen, Camelot), Nick Morrett (A Chorus Line) and Caitlin Smith (Clyde 'n Bonnie: A Folktale). Rounding out the talented company are Holly Stevenson, Xylina Nuckles, John Markowski, Austin Tijerina, Alexandra Duncan, Jon Wierenga, Katie Causey and Ben Toler.
Cast: Steve Hudson Man in Chair; Liberty Cogen Janet Van De Graaff; Greg Bosworth Robert Martin; Nick Morrett George; Courtney Patterson Drowsy Chaperone; Anthony P. Rodriguez Aldolpho; Bart Hansard Feldzeig; Caitlin Smith Kitty; Holly Stevenson Tottendale; Brandon O'Dell Underling; Xylina Nuckles Trix; John Markowski Gangster #1; Austin Tijerina Gangster #2; Alexandra Duncan Ensemble; Jon Wierenga Ensemble; Katie Causey Ensemble; Ben Toler Ensemble.
Crew: Director Anne Towns; Producer Anthony Rodriguez; Associate Producer/Music Director Ann-Carol Pence; Choreographer Jen MacQueen; Set Designer Phil Male; Sound Designer Daniel Terry; Props Designer MacClare Park; Costume Designer Elizabeth Rasmusson; Lighting Designer Ben Tilley; Wig Design Monty Schuth; Stage Manager Kathryn M. Pelkey; Production Manager Britt Hultgren Ramroop; Technical Director James M. Helms; Assistant Stage Manager EB Hooyer; Scenic Artist Sarah Thomson; Backstage Crew Michael Tarver.
Performances run Wednesday-Saturday at 8:00pm and Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm. Tickets $25-$35. Call 678.226.6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com for more information. Aurora Theatre is located at 128 East Pike Street in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Photo Credit: R. Todd Fleeman