The Drowsy Chaperone Extended

Only days before the Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2010 season opens with a five-week run of The Drowsy Chaperone, the show’s season has been extended by one week due to heavy demand.

The MTC reports when tickets went on sale on 7 December last year, the show sold more tickets in a single day than for any other production in the company’s 56-year history.

Big name stars are clearly an attraction for theatre-goers. Recent Tony Award winner Geoffrey Rush, the doyenne of Australian theatre Robyn Nevin, Rhonda Burchmore and Shane Jacobsen are there to name just a few. The combined theatre experience of the first three alone is more than enough to pump in the numbers for this production.

The Drowsy Chaperone, MTC.

The Drowsy Chaperone ran from 1 May 2006 through 30 December 2007 at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre for a total of 674 performances. Not your regular Broadway musical, it is small in scale and runs a mere 100 minutes. But this didn’t stop it becoming the sleeping success of it’s Broadway season, receiving positive reviews.

The Drowsy Chaperone was nominated for the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, but lost to Jersey Boys, which with the assistance of hindsight, we now know was completely understandable. The show, it’s cast or creative team were nominated for a host of other Tony’s that year, winning Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical and Beth Leavel winning the Tony for Best Featured Actress on Broadway.

Pre-sale tickets for the Melbourne Theatre Company’s extended week of The Drowsy Chaperone go on sale Friday 15 January. Regular tickets go on sale Saturday 16 January at Ticketmaster Australia.

Other relevant links:

Show overview from The Australian newspaper

New York Times Review, May 2006

Behind the scenes images and video of the show in rehearsal, MTC

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