Recently I was invited to a sneek peek of the Leavenworth Summer Theater's production of the Drowsy Chaperone by attending a dress rehearsal. I found a brief synopsis on line of the musical:
The Drowsy Chaperone pays tribute to the Jazz-age shows of the 1920's and the power those shows held to transport us into a dazzling fantasy and to lift our spirits in times of sadness.
The audience is greeted by the narrator, Man in Chair, sitting on a darkened stage. He is a fan of vintage musicals who seems to be suffering from free-floating depression, and he quickly decides to cheer things up by playing a record of the original cast recording of a (fictional) Broadway musical entitled "The Drowsy Chaperone".
No sooner has the needle touched the record than we, together with the narrator, are transported to a 1928 Broadway theater and into "The Drowsy Chaperone", a play-within-a-play crammed full of every cliche, gag and gimmick from the golden age of musicals.
Leavenworth Summer Theater, now in their 20th year offers a musical you may have not heard of but you won't soon forget. As the synopsis says almost every cliche and gimmick from the golden age of musicals is used and you're soon pulled in and going along with the story.
The acting, dancing and songs are memorable and fun. There are many standout performances and Director Kevin Mckee and the cast has done a fantastic job recreating the musical experience.