PHOTO CALL: Clay Aiken and Tony Winner Beth Leavel Star in North Carolina Theatre's Drowsy Chaperone

By Krissie Fullerton
09 May 2013

"American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken, plays Man in Chair in North Carolina Theatre's production of the award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone alongside the Tony Award-winning original Drowsy Chaperone, Beth Leavel.

In addition to Aiken and Leavel, the cast also includes Paige Faure (Janet Van Der Graaff), Linda Griffin (Mrs. Tottendale), Dana Zihlman Harshaw (Kitty), Wes Hart (Male Ensemble/ Superintendent), Adam Heller (Feldzieg), David Josefsberg (Adolpho), Aaron Kaburick (Ensemble), Yolanda Rabun (Trix The Aviatrix), Melissa Steadman (Ensemble), Johnny Stellard (Robert Martin), Patrick Wetzel (George), Dirk Lumbard (Underling), Eric Mann (Gangster #2), Jeremy Morse (Gangster #1) and Jennifer Swiderski (Ensemble/Dance Captain).

The show-within-a-show (with Tony-winning book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and a Tony-winning score by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison) concerns a show-tune addict (named Man in Chair) who shares with the audience his favorite cast album — 1928's fictional The Drowsy Chaperone. As he plays the record, the vintage musical comes to life around him.

Here's a look at the production:

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Clay Aiken and Beth Leavel
Photo by Curtis Brown

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