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The Drowsy Chaperone Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 27 2010

At the very top of this musical, the Broadway production of which won a load of Tonys in 2006, a character known only as Man in Chair tells us that when he's blue (and, yes, he's blue now) he likes to play a recording of one of his favorite musicals--a bit of fluff from 1928 called The Drowsy Chaperone. "All this show is," he says, is "fun." And it turns out he's right. The range of fun covered is fairly wide, from slapstick to sly to just this side of poignant. But there's not a speck of anything else in sight once Man in Chair drops the needle on the record and the Jazz Age show comes to life onstage. Director/choreographer Marc Robin and a cast chock-full of formidable triple-threat talent see to it. James Harms is delightfully breathless as the stage-worshiping Man in Chair, Adam Pelty channels his inner Hank Azaria as a Latin lover, and Andy Lupp just plain taps incredibly well. --Tony Adler

Price: $35-$55

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