A loving send-up of musical theater, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is one of those shows that has audiences smiling from start to finish, goofy and funny in all the right ways. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theater fan, known only as Man In Chair, as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The show comes to life onstage while he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors. Laugh-out-loud funny, it lovingly skewers the tropes of early 20th century musical theatre through the lives and action of the characters, each more outrageous and hilarious than the last.
With two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, and an intoxicated chaperone, this show has all the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.
“The Drowsy Chaperone” will be performed on July 7 at 7 pm; July 8 at 2 and 7 pm; July 9 at 2 pm; July 11 through July 14 at 7 pm; and July 15 at 2 and 7 pm. Tickets for these performances are $11 for students, $13 for seniors, and $15 for adults.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.neyt.org, in person at the NEYT box office or by phone, (802) 246-6398, from 12 to 5 pm on Wednesdays. The show plays at New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat Street.