Larry Raben, Tracy Lore, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Max Cast in Norris Center's Drowsy Chaperone

News   Larry Raben, Tracy Lore, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Max Cast in Norris Center's Drowsy Chaperone
California's Norris Center for the Performing Arts will present the Tony-winning musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone April 25-May 11.

Produced and directed by James Gruessing, the limited engagement will feature choreography by Ann Meyers and musical direction by Daniel Thomas.

The 18-member cast stars Broadway veteran Larry Raben (Man in Chair), Tracy Lore (Drowsy Chaperone), Jessica Ernest (Janet Van De Graaf), Jeff Max (Adolpho), Eric Michael Parker (Robert), Lindsay Brooks (Mrs. Tottendale), Greg Nicholas (Feldzeig), Chris Daniel (George), Noelle Marion (Kitty), Danny Michaels (Underling), Adam Trent (Gangster #1) and John Wailin (Gangster #2).

The Drowsy Chaperone, press notes state, "opens as a modern-day musical theatre fanatic tries to chase the blues away by playing his favorite cast album – the fictional 1928 smash hit, The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of the hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life in his living room, and he is suddenly immersed in the glamorous and hilarious tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, while her producer plots to sabotage the nuptials. Adding to the uproarious wedding day mayhem is a cast of colorful characters including the starlet’s tipsy chaperone, debonair groom, a Latin lover, a pair of gangsters disguised as pastry chefs, and an aviatrix. The comical show within a show is filled with thrills and surprises that take both the cast and the audiences soaring to the rafters."

The musical features music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.

Tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (310) 544-0403. The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates.

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