Wagner College Theatre Kicks Off Spring 2014 Season with The Drowsy Chaperone
As We Stumble Along! After the long winter holiday and much snow this winter, things are beginning to warm up and look brighter in Staten Island! We’re not just talking about spring on its way. Wagner College Theatre is back in action as their spring season kicks off with a fantastic Broadway musical you can’t help but fall in love with. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Wagner College Theatre kicks off its Spring 2014 season tonight with The Drowsy Chaperone!
The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical which features music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison with a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar. It tells the hilarious story of Man in Chair who gets much more than he expected for when putting his favorite cast recording on the record player. Man In Chair puts The Drowsy Chaperone on for a listen and before he even knows it, the musical has come to life right in front of him. The musical tells the story of a Broadway star who wants to give up show business for marriage. However, that is much easier said than done. As the producer sets out to sabotage the wedding, a latin lover appears and gangsters make an unlikely appearance! The Drowsy Chaperone brings to life the roaring 1920′s in a hilarious production that reminds audiences of no matter how hard life is, we can always be transported by the power of the theatre in this hilarious comedy.
The cast of The Drowsy Chaperone includes T.J. Lamando as Man in Chair (Pictured Right), Elizabeth Miller as Janet Van De Graff (Pictured Below Left), Tommy Joscelyn as Robert Martin, Bronwyn Whittle as Beatrice Stockwell, Keland Alaka’I Sarno as Adolpho, Jordan Bunshaft as Feldzieg, Dan Kriss as George, Nick Mestakides as Underling, John Alati as Gangster #1, Jonathan Quigley as Gangster #2, Becky Grace Kalman as Kitty, Danielle James as Trix and Grace Woodward as Mrs. Tottendale. The ensemble of the production includes Katharine Bragg, Steven Copp, Kelly Hubbell, Robert J. Keir, Jesse Pimpinella and Sarah Rosen
Staten Island native Ryan Gibbs, who also served as the stage manager for the national tour of Drowsy Chaperone, is director and leading the production. Brian Padgett, who also appeared in the national tour, serves as choreographer. James Higgins is music director. The rest of the creative team includes Richard Kendrick as scenic designer, Vicki Neal as lighting designer, Kurt Alger (A WCT Alumni) as costume designer and Richard Kroth as sound designer. Macey Best is production stage manager.
Besides the connection to the production through several of its creative team members, The Drowsy Chaperone has a very special connection with Wagner College Theatre. Janine LaManna and Elizabeth Pawlowski both starred as Janet Van Der Graff in productions of The Drowsy Chaperone. LaManna appeared in the Broadway run and Pawlowski appeared on the production’s national tour.
LaManna expressed her excitement in a statement regarding her Alma Mater’s decision to produce the piece this season:
“I’m so glad Staten Island is going to have this in its backyard: They are gonna die laughing. Honestly, it’s so perfect in its form, I think it’s foolproof. But ‘Drowsy’ is touching, too. How they wove it in is brilliant; comes up when you least expect it: You’ve been watching a message the entire show — delivered in a candy-coated, funny, funny package.”
Wagner College Theatre’s The Drowsy Chaperone was the headline for the Staten Island Advance Arts Section (AWE) last week. The article is pictured below:
Wagner College Theatre is a nationally ranked college theatre program located at Wagner College on Staten Island in New York City. The theatre program, which has been around since the 1960’s, has worked its way up to become one of the top ranked theatre programs by The Princeton Review each year. It has remained in the Top 5 Programs for the past 10 years and this past year ranked in at #2 only behind Carnegie Mellon. The program boosts a wonderful list of alumni and produces 8 productions a year. This season, Wagner College Theatre has already presented Little Shop of Horrors and Romeo and Juliet on the Mainstage as well as Scab and Zombie Prom in Stage One. The rest of their season besides The Drowsy Chaperone includes Carousel on the Main Stage and My Soliders and The Dance Project in Stage One.
The Drowsy Chaperone will run at Wagner College Theatre through March 9th! Performances begin tonight, February 26th, and run through this Saturday March 1st. The second week of performances begin Wednesday March 6th and runs through Sunday March 9th. All performances are at 8 PM with 2 PM matinees on both Saturdays as well. Sunday March 9th is only a 2 PM performance. For tickets, visit the Wagner College Theatre Box Office in Main Hall or call (718)-390-3259. The box office is open Monday through Fridays 12 PM to 4 PM. For more information, visit Wagner College Theatre’s Official Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!