Mesa theater department opens season with Tony winner ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Joe Côté, left, will play the part of Man in Chair in the musical comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Mesa State College. Alena Ruiz, second from left, will play Janet Van De Graaff, Alex Tait will be Underling and Taylor Young will be Mrs. Tottendale. Opening night for the production is Thursday, Sept. 30.

Mesa State College’s theater department opens its performance season with a Tony Award-winning musical.

Faculty and staff have teamed up to put on “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which won 2006 Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” ended its Broadway run in 2007, making it a relatively new play for college theater departments to perform.

The original music and lyrics were written by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. The book was by Bob Martin and Don McKellar.

Professor Peter Ivanov will direct the Mesa State performance, and faculty instructor Jeremy Franklin will direct the music. Melonie Buchanan Murray will handle all the dance choreography.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is a comedy that plays tribute to the jazz age.

Led by Mesa State student Joey Côt&233;, who plays the agoraphobic Man in Chair, “The Drowsy Chaperone” follows his character’s fascination with Broadway as he’s transported into a musical in his own apartment.

The plot of the show-within-a-show centers on a Broadway showgirl’s desire to give up her career in order to marry and the fallout of losing a popular star, both for those who love her and those who have paid handsomely to have her name in lights.

The Man in Chair brings the audience in and out of this fantasy.

Tickets to “The Drowsy Chaperone” are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $6 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Mesa State box office in the Moss Performing Arts Center.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. nightly from Thursday, Sept. 30, through Saturday, Oct. 2. There will be a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. Nightly performances resume at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, through Saturday, Oct. 9.

Call 248-1604 or go to http://www.mesastate. edu/moss for more information.


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