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Broadway Rose opens 'Drowsy'


by: CRAIG MITCHELLDYER - Norman Wilson, Sara Catherine Wheatley, Joel Walker, Lindsay Michelet, Gretchen Runbaugh, Dan Murphy and Jocelyn Seid appear in Broadway  Rose Theatre Company's production of 'The Drowsy Chaperone,' which opens Aug. 3.Broadway Rose Theatre Company continues its 2012 season of Great Escapes with “The Drowsy Chaperone.” This multiple Tony Award winner pays tribute to the jazz age shows of the 1920s and their ability to lift the spirits of audiences in hard times.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” will be performed in the Deb Fennell Auditorium Aug. 3 through 19, with Thursday through Sunday performances at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees on Aug. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.

Written by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, the musical revolves around one musical theater fan’s obsession with a fictional show from the 1920s — “The Drowsy Chaperone.” As he listens to the record, the characters come to life in his apartment. This is the story of Broadway actress Janet Van De Graaff, who wants to marry the debonair Robert Martin and give up her stage career. Her producer, Mr. Feldzieg, must stop the wedding, because if she quits show business, he loses his job.

Gangsters threaten Feldzieg, because if Van De Graaff quits, they lose their investment. All of this comes to life out of the imagination of the Man in the Chair as 1920s mayhem and mischief ensue.

The Broadway Rose cast of “The Drowsy Chaperone” includes Dan Murphy as the Man in the Chair, Gretchen Rumbaugh as the Drowsy Chaperone, Lindsay Michelet as Janet Van De Graaff, Joel Walker as Robert Martin, Norman Wilson as self-proclaimed Latin lover Aldolpho, Emily Beleele as Mrs. Tottendale, Bruce Blanchard as Mr. Feldzieg, Sara Catherine Wheatley as his ditzy flapper girlfriend, Kitty, and Jocelyn Seid as Trix the aviatrix. The production is directed and choreographed by Lyn Cramer with musical direction by Eric Little and music supervision by Rick Lewis.

Tickets start at $30 for adults and can be ordered online at broadwayrose.com or by calling the box office at 503-620-5262.

The Deb Fennell Auditorium is located at 9000 S.W. Durham Road in Tigard.