London Fringe Premiere of Drowsy Chaperone to Feature Siobhan McCarthy and Michael Howe

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The London fringe premiere of The Drowsy Chaperone at Highgate's Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre will star Siobhan McCarthy (who originated the role of Donna in the original cast of Mamma Mia!) in the title role, and Michael Howe (Billy Lawlor in the original West End company of the Broadway transfer of 42nd Street) as Aldolpho.

The production will begin performances Sept. 23, prior to an official opening Sept. 28, for a run through Oct. 31.

Also in the company are Amy Diamond (a finalist in the BBC's "Over the Rainbow" reality TV search for Dorothy) as starlet-turned-bride Janet and Matthew Lloyd Davies (Chicago and The Lion King in the West End) as the Man in Chair, joined by Gavin Keenan as George, Graham Lappin as Mr. Feldzeig, Ursula Mohan as Mrs. Tottendale, Jo Parsons and Giovanni Spano as the Gangsters, John Rawnsley as Underling and Tanya Robb as Kitty.

The production marks the first time that the 2006 Tony-winning musical has been produced in London since its abbreviated West End transfer at the Novello Theatre in 2007. The musical, written by Lisa Lambert, Don McKellar, Bob Martin and Greg Morrison, won Tony Awards for both Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. Although it ran for 674 performances during its original Broadway run at the Marquis Theatre between April 2006 and December 2007, and also took Tonys for actress Beth Leavel, scenic designer David Gallo and costume designer Gregg Barnes, its transfer to the West End's Novello in June 2007 ran for less than two months.

According to press materials, The Drowsy Chaperone begins when a die-hard musical fan plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit called The Drowsy Chaperone, and the show magically bursts to life.

The production is directed by Racky Plews, choreographed by Fabian Aloise, with musical supervision by Michael England, musical direction by Tim Whiting, design by Martin Thomas, lighting by Howard Hudson, sound by Aaron Buck and casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow. It is produced by Ovation in association with Alex Segal. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 8340 3488, or visit

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