DHS comedy a tribute to jazz musicals
DeKALB – DeKalb High School presents a comedy filled with every cliche, gag and gimmick from the golden age of musicals in its 2013 spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
“The Drowsy Chaperone” is an homage to the American musical of the Jazz Age. The show revolves around one man’s adoration of a fictional musical comedy from 1928. The Man in Chair is a mousy, agoraphobic Broadway fanatic who is seeking a cure to his “non-specific sadness.” As he listens to his rare recording, he is transported into the musical.
The plot of the show-within-a-show centers around Janet Vandegraff, a glamorous showgirl who has decided to leave the spotlight behind for love. The story is set during the week of her wedding and examines Janet’s decision to give up her career for her oil-tycoon fiance and her manager’s devastation at her leaving the show. Watching from his armchair, The Man in Chair is torn between his desire to absorb every moment of the show as it unfolds and his need to insert his personal footnotes – extensive but trivial knowledge of the musical and its performers. The plot incorporates mistaken identities, dream sequences, spit takes, a deus ex machina, an unflappable English butler, quick-witted gangsters disguised as pastry chefs, an absent-minded dowager, a ditzy chorine, a bumbling Latin Lothario, an aviatrix, a harried best man and Janet’s “drowsy” (i.e. “tipsy”) chaperone.
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