EMT Get Drowsy

May 12 2021 | By More

Announce Spring 2022 return

Edinburgh Music Theatre has given advance notice that it is to stage The Drowsy Chaperone as its Spring 2022 production at the Church Hill Theatre.

The production is planned to run for five nights from Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 April 2022. The Edinburgh amateur musicals company says that is is likely to run its welcome night and auditions for the show this September 2021. It will make an announcement on dates and details “shortly”.

Publicity image for the production

The news comes just after the Scottish Government made its first announcements on re-opening after lockdown, with amateur performance companies allowed to stage productions outdoors from this Monday 17 May.

However, the Scottish theatre world is waiting for news that the current 2m distancing requirement will be relaxed.

The Drowsy Chaperone is a comedy musical-within-a-musical, staring an anonymous anti-social musical theatre fan, “Man in Chair” dropping the needle onto a rare LP recording of his favourite guilty secret – The Drowsy Chaperone of the title.

As the record plays away, he introduces the characters with their various plots and subplots while adding deliciously comic biographical details of the actors in the performance.

The clever book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar parodies and plays with the cliches of the American musical genre of the 1920s. It won the 2006 Broadway production a Tony for Best Book of A Musical.

chirpy jazz age music and lyrics

The chirpy jazz age music and lyrics, by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, were similarly celebrated, winning best original score in 2006. Nominated for 13 Tonys, the 2006 production show won five.

It is easy to see why. The whole is a hilarious tale of a pampered Broadway starlet and her debonair fiancé, an overzealous producer, a dizzy chorine, a Latin lover and a couple of bumbling gangsters. Ruses are played. Hi-jinks occur. And the plot spins brilliantly out of control…

The EMT production will be directed by Jo Heinemeier with musical direction by Matthew Brown and choreography from Ashleigh Le Cras.

EMT say: “After more than a year away from rehearsals and the stage we cannot wait to get back in action. We will be announcing details of our welcome night and auditions for the show, which will most likely be in September, shortly.”


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  1. Bill says:

    I absolutely love this show but cant find any productions. I’m in Bournemouth. Is there any possibility of you filming it or casting it? Bill