By Joel Pierson
It’s all going on at IU this week. They have two new shows to choose from, one homespun, the other just visiting.
For the local talent, we turn to the Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance for a production of the Broadway show “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Twenty-nine musical theater majors and two ballet majors are part of the cast, for this comedic tribute to the musicals of the 1920s.
“The Drowsy Chaperone” is the story of a fictitious musical called “The Drowsy Chaperone.” We meet its biggest fan, identified as “Man in Chair.” As he listens to his old vinyl record of the faux musical’s original cast recording, his apartment is transformed into a fabulous Broadway showpiece of the Jazz Age. While each scene is performed, Man in Chair offers the audience commentary.
Making it more magical is that Man in Chair will be none other than retiring professor George Pinney, who is making this the last IU performance of his illustrious career. You’re familiar with the phrase “worth the price of admission right there”? Boom. And how many times has he taken a role on the IU stage, rather than behind the scenes? This is the first. I repeat: boom. Of the experience, Pinney says, “The last time I acted on stage in a role with lines was in 1979! (I’m) having the time of my life with such a talented cast and creative team.”
Choreographing the show is Professor Liza Gennaro, who will be taking Pinney’s position as head of the BFA program next year. Whether you’re a fan of musical theater or not, this show promises to be very special, and one not to be missed for friends and fans of that fine gentleman, Professor George Pinney.
‘The Drowsy Chaperone’
WHO: Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance
WHAT: “The Drowsy Chaperone” by Bob Martin, Dan McKellar, Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. April 14, 15, 18-22; 2 p.m. April 22
WHERE: Ruth N. Halls Theatre, 275 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington
TICKETS: $15-$25. Call 812-855-1103 or visit theatre.indiana.edu.
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