BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a tribute to American musicals of the 1920s and 1930s. It’s stylish, stylized, and a lot of fun.

CBS4 Critic at Large Greg Moody reviewed the new production of the Broadway hit in Boulder.

“There are Broadway shows that are big and melodramatic. There are those that are stark and powerful. There are those that are funny, bright and bouncy,” Moody said. “‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ is one of those — funny, bright, bouncy — and most important of all, charming.”

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is a tribute to 1920s musical Broadway that is framed in a touching and clever way. Essentially, the audience is invited into the musical theatre memories of the Man in the Chair — a Broadway fanatic who simply loves the rich folks’ marriage with complications musical — “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Moody says Brian Norber brilliantly plays the Man in the Chair, pulling the audience into and out of the show — they become a part of the action and then a part of his world and back again.

“It’s both a funny and touching way to involve the audience in his love of theater,” Moody said.

Moody says it’s a great cast as well with Norber front and center, but also Ali Dunfee as The Chaperone, Joanie Brousseau as Kitty, and Seth Cai-Kowski as the outrageously amorous Adolpho.

“‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ is quite frankly one of my very favorite shows,” Moody said. “It’s light and airy, bouncy and fun, warmly touching and wonderfully musical. This is one to see.”

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is now on stage at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre through May 13. For tickets call the theatre at (303) 449-6000. All seats are only $35 through March 4. That’s dinner and the show, and then it’s 25 percent off through March 18.

“Great way to save money, have a great dinner, and see one of my favorite shows — just plain hilarious,” Moody said.

LINK: Boulder’s Dinner Theatre

– Greg Moody is CBS4’s Critic At Large. His reports on CBS4 News are featured on the Entertainment section.

– Also, don’t miss Moody’s entertaining bio, his Top Spots in Denver lists, and his frequently updated Moody’s Picks page.

  1. John V. West says:

    I absolutly HATED musicals before I saw the Drowsy Chaperone, but I rate this as one of the BEST entertainment experiences of a lifetime. The cast exhibits an amazing range of talent, world class singing, dancing, and of course, acting. The fact that they also serve your dinner provides an intimate connection with the audience you certainly would not get in any other venue.

    After this, I can’t wait to see future offerings at the Boulder Dinner Theater.

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