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The Drowsy Chaperone Opens on Main Stage

By Amanda Morad | April 25, 2014

The Drowsy Chaperone opens on the Main Stage Friday, April 25.

Regent University's School of Communication & the Arts proudly presents The Drowsy Chaperone on the Performing Arts Center main stage to close out its 2013-2014 season.

Spirits are sure to be lifted by the Tony Award-winning musical critics hailed as "Delightful, Sparkling Entertainment!" The musical transports audiences back to the 1920s when a die-hard musical theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, and it comes to life before his eyes.

"If you're a fan of the roaring 20s, Fred and Ginger, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter, you are going to love this show," said Dr. Michael Hill-Kirkland, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts.

Remaining shows run May 2-4 with shows at 7:30p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 on Sunday. Purchase tickets at the Box Office.

Regent's production is directed by Brendan Hoyle, technical director of the Hackney Theater at Norfolk Collegiate School. A highly experienced theatrical producer and director, Hoyle previously worked with the Virginia Stage Company and as artistic director of the Little Theatre of Norfolk. He's also directed at the Generic Theater in Norfolk.

"It has been a joy working with the supremely talented theatre artists of Regent University," said Hoyle. "The production team, actors, crew and musicians are some of the finest and most creative individuals I have ever collaborated with on a show."

The Drowsy Chaperone originated as a spoof of musical styles from the 1920s to the 1940s given as a gift by Don McKellar (book), Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison (music & lyrics) to their friend Bob Martin and his fiancé, Janet Van De Graaf in 1997. Martin saw potential in the piece and joined the creative team to reshape it into what audiences see today and the show debuted on Broadway May 1, 2006. The show won five Tony Awards that year including Best Book and Best Score.

"The Drowsy Chaperone explores many themes, but at its heart, the play delves into one man's exclusive experience with a show and his desire to share that experience," Hoyle explained. "In New York, the tagline was 'A Musical within a Play' and that's what this show is—the universal experience of live theatre combined into one hilarious performance."

Purchase tickets at the Box Office.

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