The Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone

Music and Lyrics by
Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Directed and Choreographed by David Connolly
Music Direction by Nicholas James Connell
With Thomas Derrah, Karen MacDonald & Will McGarrahan

May 6 - June 19, 2011

Mayhem, mix-ups and a gay (in the old sense of the word) wedding mark the high-spirited hijinx of The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of five 2006 Tony Awards. The fun begins when a die-hard musical fan plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit called "The Drowsy Chaperone" and the show magically bursts to life. Suddenly the man finds himself immersed in the glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises that take both the cast (literally) and the audience (metaphorically) soaring to the rafters.

Run time: 1 hour 40 minutes without an intermission

Warning: A strobe effect is used during this production.

Read an interview with the show's creator, Broadway star Bob Martin

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Musical Numbers

  • Overture
  • Fancy Dress
  • Cold Feets
  • Show Off
  • As We Stumble Along
  • I Am Aldolpho
  • Accident Waiting to Happen
  • Toledo Surprise
  • Message From A Nightingale
  • Bride’s Lament
  • Love is Always Lovely
  • I Do, I Do in the Sky
  • As We Stumble Along (Reprise)

Cast

LEIGH BARRETT

LEIGH BARRETT (Mrs. Tottendale, June 14th-June 19th) is very happy to be joining the cast of Drowsy after spending time at the Lyric Stage Company in their production of Animal Crackers. Last seen at SpeakEasy in The Great American Trailer Musical(Jeannie). Other SpeakEasy shows include: Passion (Fosca), A Class Act (Lucy), Elegies, Adding Machine (Mrs. 1), and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Drood). Boston area credits include: New Rep: Indulgences (Advisor 1), Dessa Rose (Ruth), Ragtime(Mother), The Three Penny Opera (Jenny Diver), Side By Side By Sondheim, Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Into The Woods(Baker's Wife), and The Wild Party (Madeline True); Lyric Stage: Nicholas Nickelby (La Creevy/Peg Slider), Grey Gardens (Little Edie), Souvenir (Florence Foster Jenkins), Follies (Sally), A Little Night Music (Charlotte), and Sunday in the Park with George; Stoneham Theatre: Christmas Carol, Pal Joey (Vera), and Gypsy (Rose);Gloucester Stage Company: Jacques Brel and Marry Me A Little at Gloucester Stage Company. Leigh is the grateful recipient of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress(2004/2007) and and two IRNES. Much love to HB and the boys.

TIFFANY CHALOTHORN

TIFFANY CHALOTHORN (Ensemble) SpeakEasy: debut! She most recently appeared as Sally in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at The Boston Conservatory, where she is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater. Among her favorite roles are Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie; Toffee in Zombie Prom; and Berthe in Pippin. A huge thank you to Paul Daigneault for this incredible opportunity and to her wonderful family and friends for all the love and support.

DAVID CHRISTENSEN

DAVID CHRISTENSEN (Robert Martin) is so happy to return to SpeakEasy, having played Dwayne Wayne/Satan's Bodyguard in Jerry Springer - The Opera. David graduated last May with a BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory, where his credits included such roles as Sasha Plakoff ( The Quick-Change Room); Chandler Tate (Comic Potential); and Andy Lee (42nd Street). Professional credits include Huck Finn (Big River); Young Joe Hardy (Damn Yankees); and David Kelley (Red, Hot and Cole). Most recently, David musical directed A Merry Mulberry Street Musical (Curtain Call). He is in his first year of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Writing Workshop. Love to Mom, Dad and Clara Bo. Special thanks and best wishes to Paul Daigneault.

MICHAEL COUP

MICHAEL COUP (Ensemble) SpeakEasy: debut. He is a junior majoring in Musical Theater at The Boston Conservatory. Most recently, he played Mortimer in a senior-directed production of The Fantasticks. Previous roles include Whizzer (Falsettos); Solomon (Speech and Debate); and an angel in a workshop cast of Angels: A Musical Adventure! The Drowsy Chaperone was the first Broadway show that Michael ever saw, and he is very excited to be a part of this cast! Thanks to Mum, Dad, Nicole, Kennedy, and the rest of his amazing family, both at home and school!

THOMAS DERRAH

THOMAS DERRAH* (Aldolpho) returns to SpeakEasy Stage, having earlier appeared in Fuddy Meers. Locally, he has appeared in 119 productions at the American Repertory Theater, most recently as R. Buckminster Fuller in The History (and Mystery) of the Universe and as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret; as well as Endgame (Clov), The Seagull (Dorn), Oliver Twist (also at Theatre for a New Audience and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Highway Ulysses (Ulysses), Uncle Vanya (Vanya), i (Marquis de Sade), Richard II (Richard). He was seen on Broadway in Jackie: An American Life (23 roles), and Off-Broadway in Dario Fo's one-man show Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas and Big Time (Ted). He toured with the A.R.T. across the U.S., with residencies in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and throughout Europe, Canada, Israel, Taiwan, Japan and Moscow. Thomas has recently been touring France in Julius Caesar. He has appeared with several local theatre companies, including Boston TheatreWorks, New Repertory Theatre, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; London's Battersea Arts Center, Houston's Alley Theatre, and other theaters throughout the U.S. His awards include the 1994 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, 2000 and 2004 IRNE Awards for Best Actor, and the 1997 Los Angeles DramaLogue Award (for title role of Shlemiel the First). He appeared on television in Julie Taymor's film Fool's Fire (PBS American Playhouse), "Unsolved Mysteries," "Del and Alex" (Alex, A&E Network), and in the films Mystic River and The Pink Panther II. He is on the faculty of the A.R.T. Institute and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

McCAELA DONOVAN

McCAELA DONOVAN (Janet Van De Graaff, through June 12th) SpeakEasy: Carla in Nine. Local credits: American Repertory Theater, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Reagle Music Theatre (IRNE nomination), Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, New Repertory Theatre, Brandeis Theatre Company, and Company One. New York Credits: NYMT Festival, Primary Stages. McCaela holds a BFA in Musical Theater (Ithaca College); an MA in Theatre Education (Emerson College); and an MFA in Acting (Brandeis University '11). She is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, the Screen Actors Guild, and a founding member of mycollegeaudition.com. Special thanks to Paul D, Paul M, Jim T, Scott S, Nick C, and David C for their hard work and support. Love to the Currans, Sean and Dotti.

KERRY A. DOWLING

KERRY A. DOWLING* (Mrs. Tottendale, through June 12th) SpeakEasy: Nine; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Reckless; Jerry Springer - the Opera; The New Century; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Parade; The Women; Bat Boy: The Musical; Company (IRNE Award); Elegies: A Song Cycle; A New Brain; Triumph of Love; Floyd Collins; A Class Act;Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Putting it Together; and Songs for a New World. Other Boston credits:The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and Follies (Lyric Stage); Into the Woods (New Rep);A Man of No Importance (Súgán/SpeakEasy); Pal Joey (Stoneham Theatre); Gypsy, Anything Goes, and She Loves Me (Fiddlehead Theatre). Kerry has performed with the Boston Gay Men's Chorus, and is featured on their recordings Oz and Beyond, and Razzle Dazzle. Last year, Kerry was the recipient of the 2010 SpeakEasy Stage Outstanding Artist Award.

SARAH DRAKE

SARAH DRAKE (Kitty) SpeakEasy: debut. Sarah is an upcoming senior at The Boston Conservatory, working towards her BFA in Musical Theater. TBC credits: Sydney ( The Altruists); Soldier Four (Iphegenia 2.0); Rhoda (A New Brain); and Magenta (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) also presented at the American Repertory Theater. Other favorite roles include Leading Player (Pippin); Eponine (Les Misérables); Grusha (The Caucasian Chalk Circle), and The Voice of the Plant (Little Shop of Horrors). Thanks to Mom, Dad, Troy, Benjamin, Steph and Tiffgirl for their constant love and positive energy!

RYAN HALSAVER

RYAN HALSAVER (Gangster #1) SpeakEasy: debut. Ryan is finishing his junior year as a Musical Theater major at The Boston Conservatory. At TBC, Ryan has played such roles as Prosecutor/Actor 5 (Between Time and Timbuktu); Phoebus (The Hunchback of Notre Dame); Jerry Goss (Bug); Frank Hackett (Network); Tribe/Father (Hair); and Gabriel (Angels). Professional credits include Gaston ( Cole Porter's You Never Know); Corny Collins (Hairspray) and Ensemble (Miss Saigon). Film: Haze directed by David Burkman. Thanks to Mom and Dad, and Paul Daigneault for their guidance, support, and amazing opportunities.

JOE LONGTHORNE

JOE LONGTHORNE (Gangster #2) SpeakEasy: debut! Joe is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater at The Boston Conservatory. A few TBC credits: Rocky (Rocky Horror); Valentine (Twelfth Night); Sheriff Reynolds (Bat Boy: The Musical); and Richard (Richard III). Regional credits include: Protean (A Funny Thing Happened...Forum); and Brindavoire (The Miser), both at The Barnstormers Theatre, NH. Joe sends much love and thanks to his amazing friends at BoCo; Paul Daigneault for this incredible opportunity; and Merry, Julie, Mom, and Dad for their never-ending support.

KAREN MACDONALD

KAREN MACDONALD* (The Drowsy Chaperone) SpeakEasy: debut. Boston/Regional credits include The Color of Rose (Arts Emerson); The Blonde, The Brunette and The Vengeful Redhead; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); boom (New Rep); All My Sons, Bus Stop, A Civil War Christmas (Huntington Theatre); Third (Portland Stage); The Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Gloucester Stage Company); The Misanthrope (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Two Wives in India (Boston Playwrights' Theatre); Hamlet, Twelfth Night (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Vineyard Playhouse). She is also a founding member of the American Repertory Theater and has appeared in over 70 ART productions, including Endgame, The Seagull, Olly's Prison, Island of Slaves, and Mother Courage and her Children. National credits include Hartford Stage, Berkeley Rep, Theatre for a New Audience, Long Wharf, Goodman Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, GeVa, Syracuse Stage, Alley Theatre, the Wilma. Directing credits: Woman in Black, An Ideal Husband (Gloucester Stage Company); Dressed Up! Wigged Out! (Boston Playwrights' Theatre). A recipient of several Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards, Karen was honored in 2010 with both the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence and the Robert Brustein Award for Sustained Achievement in the Theatre.

ALISON McCARTAN

ALISON McCARTAN (Enesmble, through June 12th; Janet Van De Graaf, June 14-19) SpeakEasy: debut! A native of Minnesota, Alison has regional credits that include productions at The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, The Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company, and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Some favorite roles include Janet in The Rocky Horror Show; Suzy Marsh in Johnny Pye; and Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Alison is a soon-to-be senior at The Boston Conservatory, where she is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater. Much thanks and love to Paul Daigneault and to her amazing family and friends - especially Mom, Dad, Ryan, and Daniel.

WILL McGARRAHAN

WILL McGARRAHAN* (Man in Chair) SpeakEasy: Reckless; Some Men; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Five By Tenn; Company; The Last Sunday in June; Elegies: A Song Cycle; Ruthless!; A Class Act; and A New Brain. Other local credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grey Gardens, November,Souvenir and Dirty Blonde (Lyric Stage); The Wind in the Willows and Happy Days (Gloucester Stage); A Moon For The Misbegotten and Buried Child (Nora Theater); The Wrestling Patient (SpeakEasy Stage/Boston Playwrights/FortyMagnolias); and 9 Circles (Publick Theatre). Will worked as an actor, singer and pianist for many years in Seattle before moving to Boston's South End.

STEPHANIE MOSKAL

STEPHANIE MOSKAL (Ensemble, June 14th-June 19th) is delighted to be making her SpeakEasy debut! An incoming senior at The Boston Conservatory, Stephanie is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater. She most recently performed at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops. Some of her favorite roles include Amber (Hairspray ), Millie (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Ariel (Footloose), and Asaka (Once On This Island). She would like to thank her wonderful family and friends for the never-ending love and support and a special thanks to Paul Daigneault for this amazing opportunity.

NELLANNA

NELLANNA (Trix) SpeakEasy: debut. Some of her recent and favorite performance credits include Apollo Performer (Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story); Landlady/Lula (Violet); Joanne Jefferson (Rent); Cleanin' Woman (Working); Aida (Aida), and Bombalurina ( Cats). When not on stage, Nellanna spends her time dreaming of her Broadway debut, working as a Public Health Professional, and serving the Metropolitan Boston community as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Nellanna thanks the cast, crew and staff at SpeakEasy for this amazing opportunity and experience. She is also grateful to God for her loving and supportive family and friends.

SHAWN PLATZKER

SHAWN PLATZKER (Ensemble) SpeakEasy: debut. He is currently progressing into his fourth and final year at The Boston Conservatory, where he is a Musical Theater major. Shawn's credits include Tony (West Side Story); Chris (Miss Saigon); Eddie Pazinski (Over the Tavern); and Arpad Laszlo (She Loves Me). He would like to extend his gratitude to his family, without whom all this would be locked in a dream; and to all the staff of SpeakEasy.

ROBERT SAOUD

ROBERT SAOUD* (Underling) SpeakEasy: The New Century, Some Men, Anna in the Tropics, and Hello Again. He was last seen at Boston Playwrights Theatre in Two Wives in India. Nationally, he toured as Chico Marx in Groucho, playing opposite Gabe Kaplan in the title role. In New England, Robert has appeared at the Huntington Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage, New Repertory Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, and The Publick Theatre. He has appeared in numerous cabarets, is a Fellow of the 2000 Eugene O'Neill Cabaret Symposium, and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

BRIAN SWASEY

BRIAN SWASEY* (George/Dance Captain) SpeakEasy: debut. A native of Portland, Maine and a graduate of The University of New Hampshire, Brian has played such roles as Houdini in Ragtime (Maine State Music Theatre); Busboy in She Loves Me (Walnut Street Theatre); Slightly Soiled in Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby (North Shore Music Theatre); and The Naked Maid in Naked Boys Singing (Actors' Playhouse, NYC). Other professional credits include 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Tommy, Hello, Dolly!, and an International and US Tour of West Side Story. Brian is currently an associate Producer at Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing, NY. www.brianswasey.com

J.T. TURNER

J.T. TURNER* (Mr. Feldzeig), SpeakEasy: Chess, Triumph of Love, Floyd Collins, Saturday Night, Passion, A New Brain, and Johnny Guitar. Local credits: Kiss Me Kate, 1776 and Man of La Mancha (Lyric Stage), and A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theatre). Television: "The Brotherhood" and "Body of Proof." Film: The Fighter, Mystic River, Meet Joe Black, and The Crucible. J.T. is also the Artistic Director of Moonlight Productions, a non-profit theater company dedicated to using theater as outreach to kids and teens.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

Production Staff

JERUSHA AMAN (Assistant Choreographer) SpeakEasy: debut! Past credits: Copacabana (F.D.R. High School, Lead Dancer); Into the Woods and Annie Get Your Gun (Dance Captain), Thoroughly Modern Millie and Brigadoon (Choreographer). Other credits include the Off-Broadway production of Shake N' Break and work with Project Dance New York City. Jerusha is a senior at Boston University studying public relations and dance.

RYAN A. ANDERSON* (Assistant Stage Manager) SpeakEasy: debut! Boston-area credits: Ajax, The Blue Flower (American Repertory Theater);The Island of Slaves (Orfeo Group); Speech and Debate, Laughing Wild, The Bald Soprano,Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Pillowman, What The Butler Saw, Ride (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre); Trouble and Chocolate (Boston Midsummer Opera). Ryan will stage manage Love Song later this summer for Orfeo Group. He received his BFA in Stage Management from Boston University.

SETH BODIE (Costume Design) is a Boston-based costume, wig and make-up designer who works extensively in the theatre and opera worlds. Seth's work has been seen in numerous productions at SpeakEasy Stage, as well as in productions by Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Zeitgeist Stage, Opera Boston, Lyric Stage, Stoneham Theatre, New England Conservatory, Suffolk University, and The Boston Conservatory. Seth has also served on the faculty at both Suffolk University and Boston Arts Academy.

JILLIAN CLARK (Run Crew/Wardrobe Assistant) is thrilled to join the SpeakEasy team for this exciting show. Jillian is the assistant wardrobe supervisor for the Boston Ballet, and has worked on the Ballet's productions of La Bayadére, The Nutcracker and The ELO Experience. She also works as a stitcher in the Boston Ballet costume shop. Other wardrobe credits include Three Sisters (Boston University) and Othello (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Jillian also recently designed costumes for a workshop production of The Blue Room here at SpeakEasy. She holds a B.A. in Design for Theatre and Dance from UMass Amherst.

VICTORIA S. COADY* (Production Stage Manager) SpeakEasy: Striking 12; Body Awareness; Adding Machine: A Musical (Norton & IRNE Awards - Outstanding Musical Production); [title of show]; The Wrestling Patient (co-produced by Boston Playwrights' Theatre and FortyMagnolias). Regional: afterlife: a ghost story; DollHouse (New Repertory Theatre); A Child's Christmas in Wales (Boston Playwrights' Theatre); and Uncle Vanya: Finita La Comedia (Boston Art Theatre), and three seasons as PSM at Wellfleet Harbor Actors' Theater. Off-Broadway: The Merchant of Venice (NY & Royal Shakespeare Company, UK with TFANA), The Jew of Malta, Sore Throats, and All's Well That Ends Well (TFANA). A native Bostonian, Victoria received her BFA in Stage Management from CalArts, and is collaborating with recent and future graduates as a Producer for Hopelandic Productions. Thanks to Paul D for the opportunity, and to her parents for their support and love.

NICHOLAS JAMES CONNELL (Music Director/Conductor) SpeakEasy: Nine and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Nick is a music director and composer/lyricist with a BM in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music. Past credits include: Wallenberg (WPPAC);I Love You Because, Aida, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Parade, Pippin, The Light in the Piazza (World Collegiate Premiere) Songs For a New World, and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. www.nicholasconnell.com

DAVID CONNOLLY (Director/Choreographer) is thrilled to return to work with SpeakEasy Stage Company. Recent SpeakEasy credits include choreography for Nine ; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Adding Machine: A Musical; [title of show]; Jerry Springer - The Opera; The Light in the Piazza; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; and Zanna, Don't! (Elliot Norton Award nominee). He is Co-Director of Dance Explosion Studio of Performing Arts in Dedham, MA; a member of the Dance faculty at Boston University; and Artistic Director of the Theater program at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, MA. David has worked as a Master Teacher, Guest Artist, and Adjudicator for numerous organizations including Boston College, The Boston Conservatory, Dance Masters of America, and Dance Ovations Performing Arts Competition. To Paul Daigneault: Thank you for this most amazing opportunity. It is an experience that will live with me for a long time to come. To the Cast and members of the Production Team: your talents are truly inspiring. Thank you! For Dolly...with love.

JAMES CROSBY (Technical Director) would like to express profound thanks and gratitude to his '10-'11 crew. You made a very technical and tricky season smooth and enjoyable. James would also like to thank the folks at Wooden Kiwi and the Huntington for their hard work and uncompromisingly excellent scenery. James' recent SpeakEasy credits include Jerry Springer - The Opera; Reckless; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Adding Machine: A Musical; and many more. Other recent credits include work on Educating Rita and the world premiere of Sons of the Prophet (Huntington). James is very happy to have been a part of SpeakEasy's 20th anniversary season. Keep your eyeball on the highball, and may there be 20 more!

PAUL DAIGNEAULT (Producing Artistic Director) is proud that SpeakEasy is celebrating its 20th Season this year. The Drowsy Chaperone brings the number of plays that Paul has produced at SpeakEasy to 95! SpeakEasy directing highlights include: Nine; Body Awareness,The Great American Trailer Park Musical; [title of show]; The Savannah Disputation; Jerry Springer -The Opera; The New Century; Some Men; Zanna, Don't!; Parade (2008 Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Director , Midsize Company); The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Almost, Maine; Caroline, or Change;Take Me Out; Company; Elegies: A Song Cycle; A Man of No Importance (co-production Súgán); Bat Boy: The Musical (2003 Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Director, Small Company); Passion; A New Brain; Violet ; Merrily We Roll Along; Songs for a New World; Floyd Collins; Jeffrey; and Love! Valour! Compassion! Regional credits:Grand Hotel and Nine (The Boston Conservatory and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music); Rent , City of Angels and Wonderful Town (The Boston Conservatory); and Urinetown and Blue Window (Boston College). Paul is also on the faculty at The Boston Conservatory. In 2007, Paul was honored with the Boston College Arts Council's Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement.

JOHN DELFINO (Assistant to the Lighting Designer) SpeakEasy: debut. He studies Theatre, English, and Computer Science at Boston College. Recent Boston College design credits include: Top Girls (ALD), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (LD), The Pillowman (LD), and Speak Truth to Power (LD, Boston College).

DANIEL H. JENTZEN (Master Electrician) is thrilled to be back at SpeakEasy for The Drowsy Chaperone, having designed the lighting for Striking 12 and The Savannah Disputation, and having served as Master Electrician since 2009. Other recent designs include Annie (Wheelock Family Theatre), The Annie Moses Band and Cherish the Ladies (Center at Eagle Hill), The Little Dog Laughed (The Hovey Players), Assassins (Company One), and this year's tour of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (WGBH). He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, teaches seminars on lighting design at the Eagle Hill School, and does research in cognitive neuroscience at UMass Boston. He sends love and thanks to Shelley, Ken, Julie, and his friends; and to you, for supporting SpeakEasy Stage Company!

ASHLEY JOYCE (Wardrobe Supervisor) SpeakEasy: reasons to be pretty; Nine; Striking 12; Body Awareness; and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). Ashley would like to thank everyone for the great shows and memories this year, and for making being a part of SpeakEasy Stage so wonderful. Ashley will be heading out to Colorado for the summer to work for Central City Opera and is looking forward to a new adventure.

JENNA McFARLAND LORD (Scenic Design) SpeakEasy: The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Theatre District, The Moonlight Room. Boston-Area (selected credits): Cherry Docs (New Rep); Groundswell, November, This Wonderful Life (Lyric Stage);Table Manners; Trying; Breath of Life; Doubt: A Parable (Gloucester Stage); Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad ; The Porch; Guys on Ice (Majestic Theatre, Springfield MA); A Christmas Story, The Mousetrap (Addison Award- Best Set Design), As Bees in Honey Drown (Stoneham Theatre); Don Giovanni (New England Conservatory); Twelfth Night , Cosi Fan Tutte (The Boston Conservatory); Hamlet, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth (Shakespeare Now!). Off-Broadway: The Secret of Mme. Bonnard's Bath (New York Playwrights Lab). A graduate of Emerson College, Ms. McFarland Lord teaches Set Design at Boston Arts Academy.

AARON MACK (Sound Design/Sound Board Operator) is ecstatic to be returning to the Roberts Studio Theatre for his seventh musical with SpeakEasy Stage. He is a freelance designer and composer in the Greater Boston area, and last season was honored with an Elliot Norton Award for Best Design for his work on SpeakEasy's production of Adding Machine: A Musical. Other notable work includes: Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Apollinaire), The Aliens (Company One), Amadeus (Northern Stage Company), and Passing Strange (New Rep). In the summer season, he is a senior staff member at The Santa Fe Opera. Aaron would like to thank the amazing staff at SpeakEasy, his family, and his mentor Nathan Leigh.

JONATHAN MAGANZINI (Properties Supervisor). Recent SpeakEasy credits include: reasons to be pretty and Body Awareness (Props Master) and In the Next Room (Production Assistant). Other local credits include: Car Talk: The Musical! and Forever, Briefly (Suffolk University, Props Master); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Gypsy (North Shore Music Theatre, Props Assistant). He is a recent graduate of Suffolk University.

PAUL MELONE (General Manager/Production Manager) is a graduate of the Boston University's Theatre Dept. Directing credits include: reasons to be pretty; Adding Machine: A Musical (2010 Elliot Norton Award - Outstanding Director); The Little Dog Laughed; Fat Pig; The Moonlight Room; Our Lady of 121st Street; and The Shape of Things (SpeakEasy Stage); Curse of the Starving Class (Apollinaire Theatre Company); and Things Beyond Our Control (Brandeis University). At SpeakEasy, Paul has managed over sixty plays, musicals, concerts, cabarets and special events. He is also Production Director for A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, an annual holiday music event for WGBH Radio, and serves on the board of StageSource, the Greater Boston Theatre Alliance.

JULIE A. OTIS (Director of Development) is delighted to have been working in the Boston theatre community for over 13 years. Prior to SpeakEasy Stage Company, she worked with ArtsBoston, Boston Theatre Works, Broadway Across America - Boston, the Boston Lyric Opera, and the American Repertory Theatre. Julie graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Philosophy and Drama and has a Masters of Science in Arts Administration from Boston University. She is thrilled to be part of SpeakEasy's team and to share their love of theatre and their dedication to staging local premieres.

KAREN PERLOW (Lighting Design) favorite SpeakEasy productions: Reckless , The History Boys, Five By Tenn, Bat Boy, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, A New Brain, and A Man of No Importance, the last a co-production with Súgán Theatre Company. Recent credits include: My Name is Asher Lev (Lyric Stage), and Cherry Docs (New Rep). This summer, she'll work on The Family, a musical based on the RI mob, and An Italian Girl in Algiers with Boston Midsummer Opera. Karen teaches and designs at MIT (yes, that MIT) and is a three-time IRNE Award-winner for Best Lighting Design.

Authors

LISA LAMBERT (Music and Lyrics) received 2006 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her work on The Drowsy Chaperone. Other theater credits include: Cole Escola Live at Joe's Pub; Big Rosemary (co-written with director Blake Edwards); The Ant andThe Elephant; Honest Ed: The Bargain Musical ; Mirth; Levity; People Park; The Irish Musical; An Awkward Evening with Martin & Johnson and An American in Harris. Film and Television: Slings & Arrows (Rhombus Media for Showcase); Skippy's Rangers: The Show They Never Gave (Comedy Network);Do I Come on Too Strong? (BravoFact); Getting Along Famously(CBC TV); The Joe Blow Show (Comedy Network); Pippi Longstocking (Nelvana Ltd.); Blue (Rhombus Media); Highway 61 (Rhombus Media); Battery's Down (New York-based web series); Skinnamarink TV.

BOB MARTIN (Book) has been working as an actor and writer in Canadian theatre, film, and television for three decades. He has had a long association with the Toronto Second City, where he co-wrote and performed in four Second City revues, directed three, and had a stint as Artistic Director. He is a co-creator of The Drowsy Chaperone, and has performed in many of its incarnations: Toronto Fringe, Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto), Elgin/Winter Garden (Toronto), Ahmanson Theatre (Los Angeles), Marquis Theatre (Broadway), and Novello (London). Bob won a number of awards for his work on Drowsy including an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, an L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award, and a Tony Award. He is co-creator of Slings & Arrows, a critically acclaimed dramatic series about life at a large not-for-profit theatre company, which was recently named one of the Ten Best TV shows of the decade by a number of publications including New York Magazine. His second Broadway show, Elf (Music by Matt Sklar, Lyrics by Chad Begulin), recently completed a successful run at the Hirschfeld Theatre, and will return to Broadway in the late fall. Bob's current projects include Minsky's (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Sue Birkenhead), a musical about burlesque in 1930's New York; and on Michael; Tuesdays and Thursdays, a prime-time half hour comedy series for the CBC.

DON MCKELLAR (Book) received 2006 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his book for The Drowsy Chaperone. His career began as co-founder of Toronto's Augusta Company, with whom he co-created six critically acclaimed experimental plays. Since then, Don has become a ubiquitous presence in the independent Canadian cinema. His screenwriting credits include the award-winning films: Roadkill, Highway 61,Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Red Violin, and Blindness. For TV, he wrote and starred in the CBC series Twitch City (which also played on the Bravo Network in America). As an actor, he has appeared in such films as Exotica (directed by Atom Egoyan), eXistenZ (David Cronenberg), When Night is Falling, Clean, Waydowntown, The Red Violin, The Event, and Monkey Warfare. He was also a regular on the popular TV series Slings & Arrows.

GREG MORRISON (Music and Lyrics) received 2006 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his work on The Drowsy Chaperone. Canadian Credits: Composer/Musical Director for Hello...Hello (Tarragon Theatre); Pochsy's Lips; Oh, Baby; Citizen Pochsy and Pochsy Unplugged (Toronto Fringe premiere, Canadian/U.S. tours); The Drowsy Chaperone (Toronto Fringe premiere; Theatre Passe Muraille; Mirvish Productions at Toronto's Winter Garden Theatre); Mump and Smoot in Something Else (Canadian Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre);Mump and Smoot in Flux (Canadian Stage); An Awkward Evening With Martin and Johnson (Tim Sims Playhouse); The Age of Dorian (Artword Theatre). Other: Musical Director for The Second City National Touring Company and the Alumni Caf (Tim Sims Playhouse). Musical Director for The Chimps and The Muckrakers (CBC Radio). TV songwriter credits: Slings & Arrows (Rhombus Media for Showcase/Sundance); Getting Along Famously (CBC); The Joe Blow Show (Comedy Network). Recipient of a Canadian Comedy Award, a Sterling Award for Original Composition and three Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations.

"Exhilarating! All but guaranteed to banish your blues" - Boston Globe

"A small theatrical miracle" -Boston Herald

"Run, do not walk, to see this production. This one is once in a lifetime." -Boston Theatre Review

"Charming and funny!" -Dig Boston

"I loved this show! For one hour and forty minutes, I smiled, laughed, and tapped my feet, as did everyone around me" -BroadwayWorld.com

"The Drowsy Chaperone is receiving a rousing wake-up call from SpeakEasy Stage Company" -Boston Phoenix

"SpeakEasy Stage Company captures this magic in a charming production brimming with laughter and innocence it so splendidly spoofs" - Metro Boston

"My face hurts from smiling and laughing so much last night" -Berkshire Fine Arts

"It's impossible not to love every minute!" -Edge Boston

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Basic Show Information

The Drowsy Chaperone
Music and Lyrics by
Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Directed & Choreographed by David Connolly
Music Direction by Nicholas James Connell
With Thomas Derrah, Karen MacDonald, & Will McGarrahan
May 6 - June 19, 2011


Hi-Resolution Images

Will McGarrahan as Man in Chair in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, running May 6 - June 5 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Stratton McCrady. Brian Swasey (left) and David Christensen in the tap number "Cold Feets" in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, running May 6 - June 5 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Stratton McCrady.
McCaela Donovan and members of the company in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, running May 6 - June 5 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Stratton McCrady. McCaela Donovan with (from left) Joe Longthorne and Ryan Halsaver in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, running May 6 - June 5 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Stratton McCrady.
Sarah Drake and J. T. Turner in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, running May 6 - June 5 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Stratton McCrady. Thomas Derrah as Aldolpho in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, running May 6 - June 5 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Stratton McCrady.
Karen MacDonald as The Chaperone and Thomas Derrah as Aldolpho in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, running May 6 - June 5 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Stratton McCrady. McCaela Donovan (center) and members of the company perform "Toledo Surprise" in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, running May 6 - June 5 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Stratton McCrady.
Karen MacDonald as The Chaperone and Will McGarrahan as Man in Chair in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, running May 6 - June 5 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Stratton McCrady. Will McGarrahan (center, as Man in Chair) with members of the company in a scene from the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, running May 6 - June 5 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End. Tix/Info: 617-933-8600 or www.SpeakEasyStage.com. Photo: Stratton McCrady.