Aurora Theatre stages 5-time Tony Award-Winner The Drowsy Chaperone

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Aurora TheatreAurora Theatre continues its 17th season with the 2006 Broadway sensation, The Drowsy Chaperone playing March 14 through April 14, 2013. This Winner of 5 Tony Awards pays tribute to the Jazz‑Age shows of the 1920’s that lifted our spirits during the Great Depression. When a die‑hard musical theatre fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, the musical literally bursts to life in the living room of his dingy apartment. His favorite musical, entitled The Drowsy Chaperone begins on a Broadway starlet’s wedding day and is complicated by a motley crew of zany guests, including a gin‑soaked chaperone assigned to keep a watchful eye over the bride.

Initially, The Drowsy Chaperone was created in 1997 as a gift from Don McKellar, Lisa Lambert, and Greg Morrison for the stag party of Bob Martin and Janet Van De Graaff. The musical spoof was reshaped for the 1998 Toronto Fringe Festival. Bob Martin became a co-writer and developed “Man in Chair” to serve as a narrator. After years of development, The Drowsy Chaperone opened on May 1, 2006 at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre.

About the Aurora Theatre Production

The creative team behind Aurora Theatre’s smash hits Singin’ in the Rain and A Chorus Line, Director Anne Towns, Choreographer Jen MacQueen and Music Director Ann-Carol Pence have reunited. After her Atlanta debut in the title role of Kiss of the Spider Woman at Actor’s Express, Liberty Cogen plays Broadway starlet Janet Van De Graaff opposite dashing leading man Greg Bosworth, who portrays oil tycoon Robert Martin. The lovable Man in Chair will be played by Steve Hudson. Aurora Producing Artistic Director Anthony P. Rodriguez is Latin lover extraordinaire Aldolpho and the perennially tipsy Chaperone is the hilarious Courtney Patterson. The cast is stocked with favorites from past Aurora Theatre productions; Bart Hansard (Clyde ‘n Bonnie: A Folktale), Brandon O’Dell (Christmas Canteen, Camelot), Nick Morrett (A Chorus Line) and Caitlin Smith (Clyde ‘n Bonnie: A Folktale). Rounding out the talented company are Holly Stevenson, Xylina Nuckles, John Markowski, Austin Tijerina, Alexandra Duncan, Jon Wierenga, Katie Causey and Ben Toler.

Producer Quote

Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez, “Some of the most rewarding experiences for me as a producer have come from working on new musicals.  With last season’s success of the world premiere of Clyde ‘n Bonnie: A Folktale or in 2010 when we produced the first post-Broadway production of A Catered Affair, Aurora is cultivating a national reputation with new musicals. The Drowsy Chaperone is full of show-stopping numbers, and because the show is so new, the comedy is contemporary and not dated. It is a really fun show.”

Programming in Aurora Theatre’s 2012-2013 Main Stage Season is possible through generous support from Metro Waterproofing and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. The Drowsy Chaperone is sponsored by Allgood Pest Solutions with additional support from World Financial Group.

Cast & Crew

Steve Hudson                                                                    Man in Chair

Liberty Cogen                                                                    Janet Van De Graaff

Greg Bosworth                                                                 Robert Martin

Nick Morrett                                                                      George

Courtney Patterson                                                        Drowsy Chaperone

Anthony P. Rodriguez                                                    Aldolpho

Bart Hansard                                                                      Feldzeig

Caitlin Smith                                                                       Kitty

Holly Stevenson                                                               Tottendale

Brandon O’Dell                                                                  Underling

Xylina Nuckles                                                                   Trix

John Markowski                                                               Gangster #1

Austin Tijerina                                                                   Gangster #2

Alexandra Duncan                                                           Ensemble

Jon Wierenga                                                                    Ensemble

Katie Causey                                                                      Ensemble

Ben Toler                                                                             Ensemble

 

Director                                                                                Anne Towns

Producer                                                                             Anthony Rodriguez

Associate Producer/Music Director                          Ann-Carol Pence

Choreographer                                                                 Jen MacQueen

Set Designer                                                                      Phil Male

Sound Designer                                                                Daniel Terry

Props Designer                                                                 MacClare Park

Costume Designer                                                           Elizabeth Rasmusson

Lighting Designer                                                             Ben Tilley

Wig Design                                                                          Monty Schuth

Stage Manager                                                                 Kathryn M. Pelkey

Production Manager                                                      Britt Hultgren Ramroop

Technical Director                                                            James M. Helms

Assistant Stage Manager                                              EB Hooyer

Scenic Artist                                                                       Sarah Thomson

Backstage Crew                                                                Michael Tarver

The Drowsy Chaperone
Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
March 14 to April 14, 2013

Performances:
Wednesday throough Saturday at 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets $25 to $35

Discount Preview Performance
Tuesday, March 12 at 8 p.m.
Tickets $10 with a Library Card

Wednesday Discount Matinee
April 3 at 10 a.m.
Tickets $16

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http://www.auroratheatre.com/