The Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone

Character Breakdown

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical comedy. The recording suddenly springs to life in his living room, and he begins to narrate the story of The Drowsy Chaperone, complete with insider stories of the “actors” who played the characters in the show. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Hailed by New York Magazine as “The Perfect Broadway Musical,” The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

Man In Chair
Musical theatre aficionado who mourns the end of the Golden Era. He narrates the show as he listens to the record on vinyl.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 50

Mrs. Tottendale
The air-headed, proper, and bossy host of the wedding.
Gender: female
Age: 50 to 60
Vocal range top: Db5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Underling
Mrs. Tottendale’s savvy butler who is thrifty and stiff yet has an understated sense of humor.
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Robert Martin
The dashing, ever-cheerful groom; played by matinee-idol Percy Hyman.
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: C3

George
Robert’s anxious, dim-witted best man who has Robert’s best-interest always at heart.
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 50
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: F3

Feldzieg
Broadway producer who is desperate for his star to return to his show; played by Jack Adler.
Gender: male
Age: 25+
Vocal range top: Db4
Vocal range bottom: Db3

Kitty
Feldzieg’s dim-witted companion who has hopes of being a star; played by Sadie Adler.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 30
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

Gangsters
Posing as pastry chefs, this duo is intending to collect from Feldzieg; played by the vaudeville duo the Tall Brothers.
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: Gb4
Vocal range bottom: Db3

Aldolpho
European self-proclaimed “ladies man”; played by former silent movie star Roman Bartelli.
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: A#2

Janet Van De Graaf
The famous bride. Glamorous and talented star of Feldzieg’s Follies; played by rising star Jane Roberts.
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: -1
Vocal range bottom: G3

The Drowsy Chaperone
Janet’s alcoholic confidante and friend; played by well-established stage actress Beatrice Stockwell
Gender: female
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Trix
The brave and brash female aviator who, by chance, is recruited to perform the wedding.
Gender: female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

Ensemble
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