Big Noise Theater Company presents their spring production, the 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.
The Man in Chair, a Broadway fanatic, seeking to cure his "non-specific sadness", a state he calls "blue", listens to a recording of a fictional 1928 musical comedy, "The Drowsy Chaperone". Out of his record player... yes, record player... and onto the stage, the characters begin to magically appear. In the blink of an eye, his dingy apartment transforms into an over the top, Broadway Musical! Sparkling furniture, painted backdrops, glitzy costumes, a drunken chaperone and a gay wedding, "What more could you want in an evenings entertainment?" The Drowsy Chaperone is a tongue-in-cheek homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age, examining the amazing effects musicals have on fans who adore them.
Directed by Melissa Young (Chicago), Musical Direction by Robert Deason (Chicago), Choreography by Nancy Flaster (Glencoe) and Ann Fink (Chicago), Produced by Daiva Paulis (Chicago), Assistant Directed by Jesse Pierce (Chicago), and Set Design by Rick Paul (Wilmette), the designer of the original Chicago production of Grease, who is celebrating his 40th year in set design.
Starring: Mark Anderson (Winnetka), Alexis Armstrong (Glencoe), Sarah Blevins (Streamwood), Mary Campbell (Palatine), Peter Durkin (Elmwood Park), David Geinosky (Elk Grove Village), Marian Kaderbek (Chicago), Mark Komiskey (Vernon Hills), Mark Kosten (Franklin Park), Levi Lawson (Chicago), Alex McCrary (Chicago), Laura Merchut (Morton Grove), Amanda Nianick (Long Grove), PJ Samorian (Chicago), Cory Stonebrook (Chicago), Peter Verdico (Wood Dale) and Carrie Weis (Schaumburg).
Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm, (No show Sunday, April 24. There will be a special matinee show Saturday, April 30, when there will be two performances, a 3 p.m. matinee and an evening performance at 8 p.m.
WHEN: April 22 through May 15, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m (no matinee 4/24, additional matinee, Saturday, April 30 at 3:00 p.m.)
WHERE: Prairie Lakes Theater 515 E. Thacker Street, Des Plaines, IL 60016
TICKETS: $23 (adults), $21 (seniors 65+) & $16 (kids), Call 847-604-0275 or online at www.ovationtix.com or www.bignoise.org