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"The Drowsy Chaperone"
January 13, 2010 - Phyllis Sigal
I can see why "The Drowsy Chaperone" won five Tony Awards for the 2006 season.
It was a great show. Funny. Endearing. Good songs. A happy ending. And, the costumes were beautifully done.
My favorite part of the show was how the narrator, "Man In Chair," interacted with the audience. We responded to his questions. We commiserated with his blue mood. We were happy when he was happy. All that interaction made it so much fun to be there, with him, in the Capitol Theatre.
Of course, "Man In Chair" had me from early on in the show. He told us that he originally was reaching for "The Music Man" because he had a craving to see a young Ronnie Howard. I have that feeling from time to time ... but it's to see my son, Leland, who played the same role as the young Ronnie Howard in his first "big production" at Wheeling Park High School at the age of 9.
But I think that was what made the show so popular — there is something for most everyone to relate to.
I loved it when he asked us, "Don't you just hate intermissions?" And he gave a few reasons, that of course we all agreed with. Then, he left the stage; he said he heading for the restroom.
And then there was no intermission. Ha! Very clever.
A good crowd packed the Capitol for this show, the second in the Broadway series. Apparently the series is popular enough to bring out the masses — a good thing for Wheeling. An almost sold-out "Stomp" opened the series in November.
Next up is "Cats" set for Feb. 17 and "Jesus Christ Superstar" on March 8.
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