Mara Davi Is Drowsy Chaperone's New Show Off

News   Mara Davi Is Drowsy Chaperone's New Show Off Mara Davi, the clarion-voiced, yearning "Maggie" of the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, puts on the wedding veil of bride Janet Van De Graaff in Broadway's The Drowsy Chaperone starting July 31.

Mara Davi joins the cast of The Drowsy Chaperone.
Mara Davi joins the cast of The Drowsy Chaperone. Photo by Carlo Pieroni

Sutton Foster was Tony Award-nominated for creating the role in the five-time Tony-winning musical at the Marquis Theatre. Davi takes over for the departed Janine LaManna, who replaced Foster. Davi also appeared in the Encores! concert Of Thee I Sing and starred as Peggy Sawyer in the U.S. and Japanese tours of 42nd Street.

Davi is the comely, leggy centerpiece of the new Drowsy ad campaign, which shows her off with a LP record as the backdrop.

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Janet gets the choice belting number "Show Off" — which includes cart wheels and specialty bits — in the fizzy musical comedy.

The Drowsy Chaperone is directed and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot), with music and lyrics by Tony Award winners Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and a book by Tony Award winners Bob Martin and Don McKellar.

"To chase his blues away, a modern day musical theatre addict known simply as 'Man in Chair' drops the needle on his favorite cast album — the 1928 musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone," according to the producers. "From the crackle of his hi-fi, the uproariously funny musical magically bursts to life on stage. We are instantly immersed in the hilarious tale of a glamorous bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises that take both the cast (literally) and the audience (metaphorically) soaring into the heavens. Man in Chair's infectious love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the theatre."

The musical plays Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.

A North American tour launches in Toronto in September, with Bob Martin, Georgia Engel and Nancy Opel.

Mara Davi, featured in the new ad campaign for the show, steps into the role of Janet van de Graaff in <i> The Drowsy Chaperone</i>.
Mara Davi, featured in the new ad campaign for the show, steps into the role of Janet van de Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone. Photo by Carlo Pieroni