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Get swept away in Company Theatre's superb production of 'The Drowsy Chaperone'

The Drowsy Chaperone


It’s that intangible, giddy feeling hearing the first lines of a beloved movie or in those few moments when the first notes of a favorite song brings back a thousand memories, or a tune that simply makes one gleefully rise to celebrate. Purely original and fascinating, The Company Theatre’s production of ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ not only captures that exhilarating feeling, but beautifully turns theatre on its head in the process, through the enthusiastic eyes of a man in a velvet chair.

Hayley Piekut, John Porcaro, Evette Anderson, Ryan Joseph Barrow, Matt Maggio, Corinne Mason, Taylor Elizabeth Walker, Matthew Brendan Ford, Paul Brennan III, Sam Lathrop, Cat Umano, Juliana Dennis, Justin Selig, David Giagrando and Carole Shannon.
Courtesy of Michelle McGrath and the Company Theatre of Norwell

What sets ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ apart in so many ways is how surprisingly different it is than other musical comedies. Without revealing the excitement of this production, I can only say to expect the unexpected! This five-time Tony award-winning musical breaks convention and delves into a refreshing and fast paced story in a little apartment where music takes over.

‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ is packed with thrilling, rambunctious, and sometimes dastardly characters, but the heart of the story lies with ‘Man in Chair,’ portrayed with charismatic verve by Danny Bolton. Danny plays Man in Chair with finesse and engaging subtlety. He reigns in the audience whether while leaning in for a better view of glamorous Janet Van De Graaff wearing a boundless smile or wistfully reflecting on a poignant, distant memory. Either way, he is a charming scene stealer.

Cat Umano is stunning as celebrity diva Janet Van De Graff, her sophisticated looks perfect for the story’s time period, Prohibition 1928. Cat approaches the part with gusto, her powerful belt pouring out of her tiny frame, especially during the song, ‘Show Off.’ With Corinne Mason, who delivers a fun and boisterous performance as Beatrice Stockwell , these two divas dazzle and hilariously show off their amazing vocal range.

With a mischievous grin and a wild accent, Andrew Giordano, with every pompous step, is lovable as Spanish lover, Adelpho. A. John Porcaro, with an occasional smirk and dry humor, serves the laughs with a dry martini.

Some of the wildly entertaining numbers enhanced with impressive, classic choreography by Sally Forrest, include ‘Accident Waiting to Happen,’ a rousing tap number with ‘Cold Feets,’ and ‘Toledo Surprise.’ Mrs. Tottendale, played with effervescent charm by Juliana Dennis, performs a sweet rendition of ‘Love is Always Lovely’ with Underling. Each musical number pops with brilliant color as ornate, detailed, and glamorous costumes brightly turn back the clock.
Filled with witty, refreshing, and surprising moments, ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ is musical theatre at its unconventional finest! Get swept up in ‘The Drowsy Chaperone!’

The Company Theatre dedicated a night to honor music and theatre educators with a night out at ‘The Drowsy Chaperone.’ Company Theatre Artistic and Music Director Michael Joseph addressed the crowd, “The Company Theatre of Norwell would like to recognize your success and value each and every day.” Through the Academy of the Company Theatre's Studio One, the Company Theatre of Norwell also offers an array of classes for students of all ages.

With lyrics and music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, take a musical comedy journey with ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ in its final weekend from this Thursday through Sunday, April 27! Click here for tickets, call the box office at 781-871-2787, and email for more information! To learn more about the Company Theatre’s 75th season, visit

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