Canadian-born Broadway hit ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ runs at the Phoenix Theatre at UVic until Nov. 24, 2018. (Dean Kalyan)

UVic’s Phoenix Theatre to present “biggest song and dance show in over a decade”

Canadian-born Broadway hit ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ to run until Nov. 24

The University of Victoria (UVic) expects a Canadian-born Broadway hit to be the Phoenix Theatre’s biggest song and dance show in over a decade.

Eight years before it became a five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ – running at the Phoenix Theatre from Nov. 8 to 24 – was a skit performed at a stag party for the marriage of two Toronto actors – Bob Martin and Janet Van De Graff.

READ ALSO: Two world-class artists and scholars join UVic faculty

Those names are still reflected in the characters of the soon-to-be-betrothed couple in this musical-within-a-play.

“It’s a fun pastiche of old Broadway and the music is really quite lovely,” said Jacques Lemay, an internationally renowned choreographer who’s the guest director and choreographer for the UVic production. “It’s remarkably both nostalgic and current, as we watch the parody of the past through the eyes of the imaginative, agoraphobic and slightly sarcastic narrator, the Man in the Chair, who’s stuck here in the present.”

According to UVic’s Department of Theatre, the real magic of The Drowsy Chaperone is derived from the transformation of the Man in the Chair’s shabby one-room apartment, where he listens to his records and escapes into the glamorous world of his musicals.

“The entire department has been anticipating this production since it was announced last spring,” said Associate Professor Allana Lindgren. “And with a cast of 19 students, it will be one of the biggest song and dance shows the Phoenix has produced in a well over a decade.”

The public is also invited to a free pre-show lecture Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. with Anthony Vickery, a theatre historian in the Department of Theatre who specializes in Broadway productions, to discuss the role of Broadway nostalgia that is parodied in The Drowsy Chaperone.

The opening night for The Drowsy Chaperone will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. Evening performances take place from Tuesday to Saturday at 8 p.m. until Nov. 24. A couple of matinees will also be held on Nov. 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.

Weekday performances cost $30 for adults, $25 for senior and $16 for students. Weekend performances at 8 p.m. cost $30.


 

flavio.nienow@oakbaynews.com

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Group finds B.C. Archives collection licences costs prohibitive

Teachers asked to pay $25 per image to use on slideshows

Saanich council approves rural subdivision despite staff and public opposition

Critics say it will lead to urban sprawl, while supporters cite the need for housing

Coalition campaigns to build new West Shore skate park

Group seeks $25,000 in donations for park proposed for near the Juan de Fuca rec centre

North Saanich council provides update on Sandown farming plan

The District notes that 50 per cent of local farmers are likely to retire within the next 10 years

Victoria BC Transit driver taken to hospital after assault

Driver attempted to stop an altercation between two people on the bus

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Permit rejected to bring two cheetahs to B.C.

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Care providers call for B.C. seniors’ watchdog to step down

The association also asks the province to conduct an audit and review of the mandate of her office

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

Short list for new gnome home includes Parksville, Coombs

Five potential locations have been chosen by Howard’s owners who will decide Tuesday

B.C. man gets award for thwarting theft, sexual assault – all in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Most Read