Drowsy Chaperone's Last Toast Will Be Dec. 30; Broadway Hit Will Close

By Kenneth Jones
19 Dec 2007

Bob Saget and Beth Leavel in The Drowsy Chaperone.
Bob Saget and Beth Leavel in The Drowsy Chaperone.
Photo by Joan Marcus

The five-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone will close Dec. 30 at the Marquis Theatre following 674 performances and 32 previews.

The show recouped its investment. A well-reviewed national tour continues. A cast album preserves the score.

Producer Kevin McCollum said Dec. 19, "The show was pure joy and we were a hit. To have had both the artistic and financial success realized is the miracle of The Drowsy Chaperone."

Producer Roy Miller said, "We are grateful to everyone who took a chance on this completely original musical. To begin as a wedding gift 10 years ago and then emerge an award-winning Broadway hit is a tribute to our authors, creative team, cast, and the audiences who embraced The Drowsy Chaperone."

The Drowsy Chaperone received the most 2006 Tony Awards of any musical that season five in total, including Best Book (Bob Martin and Don McKellar) and Best Score (Greg Morrison and Lisa Lambert); seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical; four Outer Critic's Circle Awards including Outstanding Score; and the Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical.



The show is directed and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot).

"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 Drowsy Chaperone currently stars Bob Saget, Cindy Williams, Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein, Mara Davi, Peter Bartlett, Troy Britton Johnson, Garth Kravits, Jason Kravits, Tony Award winner Beth Leavel, Kecia Lewis-Evans, Jennifer Smith, Gerry Vichi, Patrick Wetzel, Linda Gabler, Dale Hensley, Joey Sorge, Joanna Young, Jay Douglas, Stacia Fernandez, Mamie Parris and Kilty Reidy.

The Drowsy Chaperone is produced by Kevin McCollum, Roy Miller, Boyett Ostar, Stephanie McClelland, Barbara Freitag and Jill Furman.

Show times are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM with matinees Wednesday at 2 PM and Saturday and Sunday at 3 PM.

The Marquis Theatre is located in Manhattan at 1535 Broadway. For more information visit www.DrowsyChaperone.com.