The Drowsy Chaperone [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Stage musicals of the 1920s have been the subject of affectionate satire in more recent stage musicals at least since 1954, when The Boy Friend opened in London and New York. So, the idea behind The Drowsy Chaperone isn't exactly new. The only aspect of the idea that is new is the framing device. The curtain goes up on the present-day New York studio apartment of a middle-aged theater buff who sits in a chair downstage right and explains to the audience that, when he is blue, he likes to play his favorite Broadway cast albums. He then selects from his collection a double-LP set of that 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone and puts the first disc on his turntable. (Of course, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Stage musicals of the 1920s have been the subject of affectionate satire in more recent stage musicals at least since 1954, when The Boy Friend opened in London and New York. So, the idea behind The Drowsy Chaperone isn't exactly new. The only aspect of the idea that is new is the framing device. The curtain goes up on the present-day New York studio apartment of a middle-aged theater buff who sits in a chair downstage right and explains to the audience that, when he is blue, he likes to play his favorite Broadway cast albums. He then selects from his collection a double-LP set of that 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone and puts the first disc on his turntable. (Of course, single, much less double LPs hadn't been invented yet in 1928, and record companies didn't record Broadway cast albums in those days, either, but if you start counting the anachronisms involved with this project at the outset, you're not going to have any fun -- unless you like to count anachronisms, of course.) Magically, the show comes to life right there in his apartment, while he continues to sit in his chair (he is listed in the credits as Man in Chair) and offer a running commentary that includes annotations about the fictional actors playing the characters and his likes and dislikes among the songs and scenes. Such a structure robs the poor critic of much of a function; how can one note that the lyrics to "Bride's Lament" aren't very good when Man in Chair has already instructed listeners to disregard them? Indeed, what point is there in saying that all the songs are just second-rate pastiches of '20s styles when their second-rate nature is fully intended as a source of humor? Broadway never seems to run out of excuses to get dancers into tap shoes and singers into holding long notes, even when those excuses involve making fun of the process itself; not surprisingly, The Drowsy Chaperone nearly swept the Tony Awards after opening on May 1, 2006, though it did lose out on the Best Musical award to Jersey Boys. The original Broadway cast album (which, of course, replicates certain aspects of the central conceit, such as a reproduction of the supposed album cover of the "real" album in the CD booklet) works largely because of the performances. Co-librettist Bob Martin as Man in Chair has just the right nerdy appeal without going overboard into obnoxiousness, and the singers overplay to perfection. Sutton Foster, who has the female lead, is a past master at this kind of thing, having starred previously in the essentially similar Thoroughly Modern Millie, and she makes the best of her big production number, "Show Off" (even though more than half of its effect is lost on those who can only hear it). That sets the tone for such over the top performances as Danny Burstein's Latin lover proclaiming, "I Am Aldolpho" and Beth Leavel (the drowsy chaperone herself) rattling the rafters on "As We Stumble Along." They help make The Drowsy Chaperone what it is, a good old-fashioned Broadway musical, with footnotes.
San Francisco Chronicle
Delightfully loving lampoons of '20s popular styles, from angelic anthems and Middle Eastern exotica to a hot-jazz tap-dance.... A beguiling pleasure. Robert Hurwitt
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558441123
  • Catalog Number: 84411
  • Sales rank: 5,868

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Overture - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (2:22)
  2. 2 The Hello - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (1:16)
  3. 3 The Fancy Dress - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (4:55)
  4. 4 The Percy Hyman - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (0:20)
  5. 5 The Cold Feets - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (3:50)
  6. 6 The Ooops Girl - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (0:24)
  7. 7 The Show Off - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (4:41)
  8. 8 The Beatrice Stockwell - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (0:26)
  9. 9 The As We Stumble Along - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (3:25)
  10. 10 The Roman Bartelli - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (0:24)
  11. 11 The I Am Aldolpho - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (2:34)
  12. 12 The Accident Waiting To Happen - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (3:05)
  13. 13 The Tall Brothers - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (0:21)
  14. 14 The Toledo Surprise - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (4:30)
  15. 15 The Act 1 Finale - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (0:47)
  16. 16 The Bride's Lament - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (5:12)
  17. 17 The Love Is Always Lovely In the End - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (2:16)
  18. 18 The George's Triumph - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (2:00)
  19. 19 The I Do, I Do In the Sky - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (2:08)
  20. 20 The As We Stumble Along (Reprise) - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (2:35)
  21. 21 The I Remember Love - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (2:41)
  22. 22 The Message from a Nightingale - The Drowsy Chaperone Cast (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original Broadway Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Dave Stahl Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Steve Armour Trombone
Jack Cavari Drums
Glenn Drewes Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ron Jannelli Clarinet, Reeds, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Tom Murray Clarinet, Flute, Reeds, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ed Hamilton Banjo, Guitar, Ukulele
Ed Joffe Clarinet, Flute, Reeds, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Perry J. Cavari Drums
Eddie Korbich Vocals
Jeremy Miloszewicz Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Lenny Wolpe Vocals
Tom Christensen Clarinet, Reeds, English Horn, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Jay Douglas Vocals
Jennifer Smith Vocals
Lawrence Goldberg Keyboards
Bob Martin Vocals
Danny Burstein Vocals
Beth Leavel Vocals
Edward Hamilton Banjo, Guitar, Ukulele
Jeff Nelson & Covenant Trombone
Sutton Foster Vocals
Kitty Reidy Vocals
David Stahl Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Stacia Fernandez Vocals
Andrea Chamberlain Vocals
Patrick Wetzel Vocals
Matt Perri Piano, Keyboards
Phil Reno Conductor
Angela Pupello Vocals
Bob Martin Vocals
Edward Hibbert Vocals
Georgia Engel Vocals
Troy Britton Johnson Vocals
Jeff Nelson Trombone
Linda Griffin Vocals
Jason Kravits Vocals
Tom Murray Clarinet, Flute, Reeds, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Garth Kravits Vocals
Kilty Reidy Vocals
Mike Keunnen Upright Bass
Joey Sarge Vocals
Kecia Lewis-Evans Vocals
Bill Hayes Percussion
Technical Credits
Joel Moss Producer, Engineering
Sally Cato Art Direction
Ed Hamilton Contributor
Scott Hull Mastering
Joan Marcus Production Photography
Carol Rosegg Production Photography
Bob Martin Book
Don McKellar Book
Edward Hamilton Contributor
Kurt Deutsch Producer, Executive Producer
Kevin McCollum Liner Notes
Greg Morrison Composer
Lisa Lambert Composer, Lyricist
Phil Reno Producer
Sidney Stein Liner Notes
Greg Morrison Lyricist
Bob Martin Book
Randy Merrill Mastering
David Goldsmith Plot Synopsis
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Talk about fun!

    I bought tickets to this show as a Valentine's Day present for my wife and she said it was one of the best gifts I have ever given her! She absolutely loved it (and so did I). The show is hilarious and the songs are wonderful Be prepared to laugh during the entire show and to be thoroughly entertained. One of the best musicals I have ever seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I SAW THIS ON BROADWAY

    this show is the funniest show i have ever witnessed in my life. it has a perfect combination of wittiness, romance, extravagent dancing, satire, randomness, and just pure COMEDY!!! I very much recommend this musical many people havent heard about it but they SHOULD because it is EXCELLENT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best New Musical of 2006!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Even though the soundtrack to this bright, bubbly and simply amazing new musical hasn't hit the shelves yet, I just have to say what a great show it is. I don't think that I've ever laughed as hard as I did when I saw "The Drowsy Chaperone." This show leaves you with nothing except catchy tunes in your head and pains in your sides from laughter. This new musical deffinitely curbs your musical comedy appetite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best show in years!

    I saw this outrageously original, hilarious and exquisite musical within a comedy this evening and loved it. Brilliant. Do yourself a favor and get to the theater now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Should've Won Best New Musical

    So, at first I thought the cast recording was 'so -so' but I am officially obsessed. Sad? yes. I'm a 15 -year old Broadway freak. Jersey Boys? So not worthy of a tony for best new musical. but sutton foster and the rest of the gang... maybe i'll consider. xo xo

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    Posted February 10, 2009

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