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The Drowsy Chaperone

May 30, 2006

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Release Date: May 30, 2006
  • Label: Razor & Tie
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  • Total Length: 53:07
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  • ASIN: B002PCOQDS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,146 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful By E. Chris Caggiano on June 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Each season for the past few years seems to have had a "little musical that could." A few seasons back, it was Urinetown. Two years ago it was Avenue Q. Last year it was Spelling Bee. This season, it's the oddly titled The Drowsy Chaperone.

Well, The Drowsy Chaperone is an unqualified joy. If you haven't heard of it, it basically starts with an aging theater queen who invites the audience to listen to one of his favorite musicals from the 1920s. He puts the record (yes, the record) on the turntable and the musical comes to life in his stuffy little NYC apartment. The musical, of course, is fictitious, but the ensuing hilarity is not.

Much of the fun comes from the aforementioned theater queen, known only as "man in the chair." His comments and asides are priceless. But there's also much fun to be had in the performances by the wonderful cast, led by Tony winner Sutton Foster. It's really unfair to single any one out, because the cast is uniformly hysterical. And just seeing Georgia Engle ("Georgette" from The Mary Tyler Moore Show) on stage is a treat in itself.

The show reminds me a lot of Urinetown, although they couldn't be more dissimilar in subject and tone. The big parallel is that, as with the staff of Urinetown, the creative team on The Drowsy Chaperone are all on the same page. Everything is of a piece: the book, the songs, the choreography, the set, the costumes, etc. They all have the same affectionate edge to them, and that's really what makes the show work.

Go see The Drowsy Chaperone. It's terrific.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Julius Andrews on July 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Recently, when my choir went to New York to sing at Carnegie Hall as part of a larger group, we unfortunately got our schedule too late to get tickets for some of the "big shows" out there, (Spamalot, Phantom, and Beauty and the Beast to be exact.) Imagine the wonderful surprise when I found out that we would be going to see a relatively new show entitled "The Drowsy Chaperone". After researching the show I further loved that it was a spoof of 20's musicals as told by a theatre fanatic by the name of Man in Chair, who really does steal the show with his asides.(Anyone remember his explanation of aviatrixes?) Then I finally got to see the show, and can't remember the last time I have been so entertained at the theatre. The songs, the actors, the set, all came together for an amazing show, and I was up on my feet applauding by the end.

Now the album is definetely not for everyone. 20's music is not exactly the most popular, and unfortunatly, anyone who doesn't get the joke will undoubtedly thing the lyrics are the inane ravings of an idiot. Anyone who opens their mind will realize that the score really does have its charms.

As for the songs, I find myself bouncing along with all of them, and although I have my personal favorites, Show Off, As We Stumble Along, and I Do, I Do In the Sky, I gladly give every song in this show a relisten just to relieve that zany moment in the show.

One last thing that I do notice about this show, is that it really seems to pull for small, unkown musicals. The Man in Chair is very dismissive of certain composers..."Elton John...must we continue this charade?"...
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Cook on June 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This CD is amazing if you have seen the show. I am not going to say this is the best score to come around in years, but it is enjoyable and fairly fun to listen to, but like most recordings, it is much better in context.

Not to say that the CD isn't good. A lot of just fun, hillarious (especially if you have seen the show) songs.
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The people who don't like this musical obviously have bad tastes in either jukebox musicals or musicals with unoriginal stories. I was looking forward to seeing this musical the moment that I first heard about it on Playbill.com. Don't get me wrong, I like the cast album of Jersey Boys, but it is still a jukebox musical. Which is why I prefer musicals with ORIGINALITY, PEOPLE!!! The songs are very catchy and the cast is excellently cast. So just ignore the one-star reviews. This album rules and I hope the show wins the Tony.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Morris D. Barker on July 25, 2006
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Just fun. I must admit something though; I saw the Broadway musical first (hilarious, by the way) and the soundtrack doesn't completely do the show justice. The dancing is just as important as the music in some of the songs. The "Toledo Surprise" bit when the record in the show skips is HILARIOUS in person (the dancing makes it seem a little epileptic), and even though it's still fun in the soundtrack, it just doesn't have the same "umph."

But still, "Brides Lament" is one of the funniest songs I've ever heard. "Monkey monkey monkey..."

Excellent soundtrack. You'll find yourself humming a lot of these tunes, especially with showstopping numbers such as "Show Off," "As We Stumble Along," and "Toledo Surprise." Buy it now! You won't regret it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By arcana73 on July 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you had the chance to see this show, then when you listen to this recording you will be doing the same thing as "Man in Chair": reliving the show. From the opening prayer (not heard on the recording-unfortunately) until the end, you can relive every hilarious moment of the show. Everyone who has ever put in a recording of ANY broadway show and acted out scenes or relived the performance in their mind will be able to understand the brilliance of the show. Perhaps those who have given negative reviews of this recording have not seen the show, or don't understand the point. It's a musical for those who love musicals. My best advice, try to see the show. I was lucky enough to win the lottery draw and was able to see the show in the front row. Even if i had sat way in back, it would still make me laugh. Bottom line, Go see it, and then you will "get" the recording more
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