Friday, September 2, 2016

review - THE DROWSY CHAPERONE - Hale Centre Theatre

Drake Sherman, Brandy Reed, and Timothy Fiscus
Photo by Nick Woodward-Shaw / Hale Centre Theatre
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through October 8th.

 " The infectious glee and devotion that fans of musicals exhibit for their favorite shows is at the center of the musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. Man in Chair, the narrator of this Tony winning show, loves musicals, and his love for one show in particular is what makes The Drowsy Chaperone such a joyful experience. Hale Centre Theatre's production features a very talented cast, rich creative elements, and impeccable direction, resulting in an exceptionally fun and funny time.
...The show won five Tony Awards including wins for Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison's score, which features several infectious tunes, and the book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, who are to be commended for how the musical is more than just the sum of its comedic plots and characters. ...Hale's cast is just about perfect and led by a joyous performance from Timothy Fiscus as Man in Chair. Fiscus exhibits a huge dose of endearing charm and he also makes us care about his character during the few times when he speaks about himself, his past, and his personal feelings. ...While a few of the other cast members don't quite hit some of the high, sustained notes required by the score, they all inhibit their characters with an infectious glee and deliver big laughs throughout. As the Drowsy Chaperone, Kathi Osborne is an absolute riot. ...As Janet and Robert, Brandy Reed and Drake Sherman make a cute as a button couple. Both deliver winning performances and clear vocals.
...Director/choreographer Cambrian James delivers his usual high level of excellence with high-flying footwork and comically rich performances from his talented cast. ...The Drowsy Chaperone, which just celebrated its tenth anniversary of opening on Broadway, is one of the most joyful and well crafted musicals of the past several decades. While it may be a show that is mostly fluff, it will definitely make you laugh a lot and also possibly move you due to the expertly written character of Man in Chair and the personal connection to him the authors have created. The big heart of that character and of this show beats strong in Hale Centre Theatre's exceptional production."  -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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