Friday, March 18, 2016

Theatre: The Drowsy Chaperone (★★★★½)

Music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Director Crispin Taylor
Music director David King
Choreographer Bernie Bernard
Set and costume designer Sallyanne Facer
Performed by WAAPA 3rd Year Music Theatre students
Geoff Gibbs Theatre, WAAPA
March 12 - 19

The Drowsy Chaperone, the first production by 2016 3rd Year Music Theatre class at WAAPA, is as delicious a concoction as you are ever likely to see.
It’s a small, playful riot of theatrical insider trading and sleight of hand, framed by a splendid conceit (it's a musical about a musical, the fictitious 1927 Broadway hit of the same name).
The songs sparkle like the showstoppers of the Golden Age of Broadway, the hoofing (choreographed by Bernie Barnard) the same. Broadway’s stock characters flit across the stage in something between parody and idolatry. The gags are terrific, and there’s a squillion of ‘em, the entendres, and the takes, double up from go to whoa.
I'm going again – for the sheer fun of it!

Read the complete review in The West Australian

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