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"The Drowsy Chaperone" comes to Venice Theatre
"The Drowsy Chaperone" comes to Venice Theatre

Venice, FL -- On the heels of the smash success of The King and I, Venice Theatre brings another popular musical to its MainStage with the 2006 Tony Award Winner, The Drowsy Chaperone.

Winner of five Tony Awards, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving spoof of the musicals that were popular after World War I when war-weary Americans kicked up their heels and rebelled against the past.

1920s musicals tended to be escapist, frothy fare with memorable songs, silly stories and lavish production numbers.

Following the “show-within-a-show” format, The Drowsy Chaperone is narrated by an endearing curmudgeon simply called “Man in Chair.” 

Played by David Brown, “Man in Chair” is a huge fan of vintage musicals. As the show begins, he sits in his drab apartment, suffering from a bout of the blues.

Looking for a way to cheer himself, he digs out his favorite record (the original cast recording of the fictional musical The Drowsy Chaperone) and carefully places it onto the turntable.

As soon as the needle hits the vinyl, the show springs to life in his living room. Interjecting the action with comic asides throughout, the “Man in Chair” often (in his own quiet way) steals the show.

This “love letter to jazz-age musicals” opens on Tuesday, April 5 and runs through Saturday, April 23, 2011. (There is no show on Easter Sunday.)

Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Seats are $12 - $24 on weeknights and $15 - $27 on weekends.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.venicestage.com or by calling the box office at (941) 488-1115.

The box office – located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. - is also open for walk-up sales Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and one hour before show time.

The Drowsy Chaperone is directed band choreographed by Dennis J. Clark who was last seen at Venice Theatre in The Full Monty  and Singin' in the Rain.