Monday, May 01, 2006

Will The Drowsy Chaperone Wake Critics?

Will The Drowsy Chaperone Wake Critics?

Tonight's opening of the latest Sutton Foster Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone at the Marquis Theatre leads me to wonder if this is the one the critics have been waiting for. Given the initial buzz received in Los Angeles -- as well as the raves Foster typically engenders -- I'm betting on this one to be a bona fide hit. A truly original musical, based upon absolutely nothing -- no hitmaker's songbook, no previous hit movie, and not even a book or play -- The Drowsy Chaperone could very well be the eleventh hour show to make Tony and some very tired critics happy.

My only concern is whether star Sutton Foster will actually be there in the long-term to perform. Just after she won her Best Actress in a Musical Tony Award for Thoroughly Modern Millie, I went to the same Marquis Theatre only to find her understudy performing in her role. I was severely disappointed.

Then last year, I went to see her in her Tony-nominated role as Jo in Little Women, only to once again find she was a no-show. So it's with caution that I urge all theatre lovers to buy their tickets to see The Drowsy Chaperone, lest she disappoint them by being a no-show as she's obviously prone to do.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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