The Drowsy Chaperone
April 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2011


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Cast
Man in ChairMike Febbo
Mrs. TottendaleJan Kleckner
UnderlingGary Boyer
Robert MartinSeth Rohrbach
GeorgeDaniel Bound-Black
FeldzigMark Breiner
KittyLori Sivick
Gangster #1Ryan Doncsecz
Gangster #2Vince Rostkowski
AldolphoChip Rohrbach
Janet Van De GraaffKelly Rohrbach
Drowsy ChaperoneJoanne Kelhart
TrixMariel Letourneau
 
Ensemble
Jose Calvo
Rebecca Knappenberger
Denise Long
Lisa Suppan
Don M. Swan, Jr.
Ted Williams
 
Production Staff
DirectorBeth Breiner
Musical DirectorMark Saylor
ChoreographerMelissa Keiser
Stage ManagerTerri Yankus
Set DesignChip Rohrbach
Set ConstructionCharles Sivick
CostumesJoey Haws
Lighting DesignMark Molchany
Light OperatorKelly Federico Sather

Cast Photos
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Reviews




'Bravo!' to fun 'Drowsy Chaperone' at Pa. Playhouse

By Myra Yellin Outwater, Special to the Morning Call

"The Drowsy Chaperone," now on stage at the Pennsylvania Playhouse, is delightful, charming, cheery and laugh-out-loud funny. And thanks to director Beth Breiner's excellent direction, fast paced staging and effective casting, this nostalgic tribute to the golden days of Broadway musicals is a real theatrical treat.

The play begins with the entrance of Mike Febbo who plays the narrator, the Man in the Chair, a man hopelessly in love with the old days. And as Febbo decides to play the record of his favorite musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone," the show suddenly comes to life in his apartment. We meet a pampered Broadway starlet, her fiance, her inebriated Chaperone, her harried producer, the aspiring starlet who longs to replace her and a flamboyant Latin lover who hopes to seduce her.

And as the music plays, Febbo also comes alive. He camps it up, sings his heart out, dances with glee and panache and displays such a winsome charm that he almost steals the show as he introduces each scene, critiques each character and gushes about each musical number.

But as good as he is, and his performance is superb, it would be impossible to eclipse the over-the-top performance of the rest of the cast. Chip Rohrbach is at his best as Adolpho. He swirls around a monstrously oversized red cape and swoons over his own charmsin the song, "Aldolpho."

Joanne Kelhart as the drowsy but horny chaperone magnificently holds her own as Rohrbach woos her in a laugh-a-minute caricature of a seduction.

Real life husband and wife Seth and Kelly-Anne Rohrbach are delightfully well paired as the vain starlet Janet and her fiance Robert. Kelly-Anne plays the coquette in her "Show Off" number and displays an agile physicality as the starlet reluctant to retire from the spotlight. And Seth's dance number "Cold Feet," with Don Bound-Black as his stalwart friend George, is one of the most imaginative and well staged dances I have seen in a long time. Kudos to choreographer Melissa Keiser.

And then there are the wonderful comical dance duets in "Wedding Bells" and "Love is Always Lovely" between Jan Kleckner and Gary Boyer. And Mark Breiner is no shirker as he trips the light fantastic with Lori Sivick as the dumber than dumb blonde, Kitty.

Mariel Letourneau as Trix the Aviatrix and Don Swan as the grumpy superintendent have splendid cameos.

To sum it up. Bravo!

Myra Yellin Outwater is a freelance writer.


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