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The Norris Center presents The Drowsy Chaperone

Broadway hijinx at their finest!
Broadway hijinx at their finest!
Courtesy of the Norris Center for the Performing Arts

The Norris Center for the Performing Arts presents the madcap musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone, beginning April 25 and running through May 11.

Winner of five Tony Awards, the toe-tapping trip back to the golden age of musicals is one of the funniest and most original shows in Broadway history.

The Drowsy Chaperone begins as a modern-day musical theatre fanatic tries to chase the blues away by playing his favorite cast album – the fictional 1928 smash hit, The Drowsy Chaperone.

From the crackle of the hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life in his living room, and he is suddenly immersed in the glamorous and hilarious tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, while her producer plots to sabotage the nuptials.

Adding to the uproarious wedding day mayhem is a cast of colorful characters including the starlet’s tipsy chaperone, debonair groom, a Latin lover, a pair of gangsters disguised as pastry chefs, and an aviatrix. The comical show within a show is filled with thrills and surprises that take both the cast and the audiences soaring to the rafters.

Featuring music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and written by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, The Drowsy Chaperone spoofs musical-comedy fanatics as well as the genre itself and the extravagant musicals of the 1920s. The catchy score includes such showstoppers as “Show Off” and “Accident Waiting to Happen,” accompanied by a 12-piece orchestra and dazzling choreography. Critics have called the show “the perfect Broadway musical.”

Performance times for the April 25 – May 11 engagement of The Drowsy Chaperone are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and under.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call (310) 544-0403.

The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates. Free parking is available adjacent to the theatre and the facility is wheelchair accessible.

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