After 32 previews, the Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, opened on May 1, 2006 at the Marquis Theatre, where it continues to run. The original cast included
? Sutton Foster
? Bob Martin
? Georgia Engel
? Edward Hibbert
? Jason Kravits
? Beth Leavel
? Danny Burstein
? Eddie Korbich
? Jennifer Smith.
The Drowsy Chaperone was written and composed by Canadians, and is the country's most successful Broadway musical.
The show lasted about two months in London?s West End. The team that brought the show to Broadway staged the show. Previews started on May 14 2007, first night was on June 6, and after fewer than 100 performances, it closed on August 4. A largely British cast, including the established Elaine Paige making her West End comeback after six years and Summer Strallen joined the show?s co-author Bob Martin recreating his Broadway role of 'Man in Chair'. The Novello Theatre?s owner Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who had seen the show in previews in New York, had supported its transatlantic transfer. London's critics had been less impressed. Even the slashing in mid-June of 35 percent off the price of the best seats failed generate enough interest and, a month after opening, the producers decided to close it on August 4, 2007, instead of the scheduled February 23, 2008. The Drowsy Chaperone has just proved, sometimes even a Tony-winning Broadway hit can?t even achieve that, London's The Stage commented.
Drowsy Chaperone North American Tour
The national tour of The Drowsy Chaperone will launch in September 2007 in Toronto at the Elgin Theatre. Among the performers will be original Broadway cast members Bob Martin and Georgia Engel, who originated the roles of the Man in Chair and Mrs. Tottendale, respectively. While Engel is expected to perform with the company for an extended engagement, Martin will not continue beyond Toronto; his role will be taken by Jonathan Crombie. Nancy Opel will play the role of "The Drowsy Chaperone". The Drowsy Chaperone will play more than 30 cities in the United States, including Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre, where the show ran before going to Broadway.
Drowsy Chaperone Australian Production
An Australian production is scheduled to open in 2008 or 2009, most likely in either Melbourne or Sydney.
Drowsy Chaperone Japanese Production
The first translated production of the musical will open in Japan in 2008 or 2009.
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