Theater: Drowsy Chaperone; An Odd Show that Will Keep You Laughing
The Drowsy Chaperone isn’t your typical musical, it’s an actually a musical within a comedy. Not sure what that means? Neither did I.
Simply put the show follows the story of a middle-aged musical theater fan, who’s explaining his favorite musical the Drowsy Chaperone, while playing it on a record.
The narrative of the show is known only as the Man in the Chair and is played by Lake Worth Playhouse regular Tom Cooch (Music Man, Little Shop of Horrors).
While the actual musical numbers are solid, fun, and certainly enjoyable, few of them are memorable. It’s Cooch that carries the show with his one-liners and comedic routine. He keeps the audience laughing and engaged as he brings them in and out of the fantasy musical taking place in his apartment.
Adding to the hilarity of the show are two gangsters, within the musical, both of which are disguised as pastry chefs, an alcoholic chaperone, a self proclaimed Latin lover and a wedding that’s on-again/off-again.
“I saw the show a couple of years ago at Kravis Center and I did not like it. I did like it this production though because I think that the show is more geared to a more intimate audience,” said Jeff Wolmetz. “Everybody in it was just fantastic. I cannot believe how talented the actors are, and they don’t even get paid. They just do this because they like to do it. The bride [Janet] was definitely a stand out. She was phenomenal, was extremely talented, and did many things on stage besides singing.”
If You Go:
What: The Drowsy Chaperone
Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth
When: Through Feb. 3
Cost: $26 and $30