Audiences LOVE "The Drowsy Chaperone"



The Drowsy Chaperone burst onto Broadway in 2006 and earned 13 Tony Award nominations, winning five Awards including Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. The show’s narrator, a musical theatre enthusiast, invites us into his home to share with us his favorite musical comedy from the 1920s. As he turns on his record player, the musical comes to life and his home transforms into the show’s set.

Omahans who saw the show on Broadway instantly fell in love with this show-within-a-show. They called it a clever, original and hilarious musical that brings the roaring 20s to life on the stage.

So what makes The Drowsy Chaperone stand out from other offerings on Broadway?

Megan McGuire as the Chaperone, Dave Wingert as Man in Chair, Paul Hanson as George, Molly McGuire as Janet, Joseph O'Connor as Robert
ORIGINAL AND CLEVER
With the Great White Way full of movie and book adaptations, jukebox musicals and revivals, a brand new script with an original concept is refreshing. And ask anyone familiar with the show and one resounding adjective is CLEVER.

Jim McKain
Actor
“I saw it on Broadway and fell in love with its cleverness and LOVED that it wasn't based on any prior material like so many shows these days.

Joey Galda
Actor
“It's incredibly original, and yet each of the performers is a slight wink to someone real from the 20s and 30s.”

SMART AND FUNNY
Praise of the script is abundant for this show, so it is no surprise that The Drowsy Chaperone won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical – an award that focuses on the storyline of a musical.

Emily Andres
Stage manager
“It was simply a funny, smart song and dance show. It really celebrates the tradition of musical comedy - with all its absurdity - which I think sometimes gets lost in the extreme commercialization of Broadway. (Also it's short. I LOVE shows under 2 hours.)

Paul Hanson
Actor – George in The Drowsy Chaperone
“I’ve seen it six times! It's rolling in your seat hilarious! So smartly written, catchy tunes.”

Paul Hanson as George and Joseph O'Connor as Robert Martin
WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?
Those who have seen The Drowsy Chaperone just flat out love it.

Jodi Vaccaro
Actor
“I saw it twice on Broadway and fell in love. It is an ode to all things wonderful about old-fashioned musicals, with funny, heart-warming, modern narration. You can't help leave the theatre happier than you were when you came in!”

Cecilia Poon
Theatre technician
“I love everything that involves a show within a show, especially when it features my favorite era. It's brilliant.”

Joey Galda
Actor
“I love it because it is a show for people who love to go to the theatre without being too into itself. Also, I cry EVERY SINGLE TIME I hear the finale. If you aren't moved by the amazing ending, you just aren't human! Twists and turns! Endless hilarity!”
Molly McGuire as Janet Van de Graaf

The Drowsy Chaperone, the clever musical-within-a-musical, is the perfect evening of theatre for those who love to be entertained! Tickets are on sale now. Single tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for students. For groups of 12 or more, tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students. For tickets, visit the Box Office, call (402) 553-0800 or click here. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, tickets to that night’s performance will be available for $10 at the Box Office starting at 4 p.m. with cash or check only.

Little Women cast list

Little Women, the musical
Hawks Mainstage Theatre
Jan. 23-Feb. 22, 2014
Tickets on sale Dec. 9, 2014.


Cast list
Laurie - Tim Abou-Nasr
Professor Bhaer - Chad Bradford
Aunt March - Deborah Curtis
Meg March - Leanne Hill Carlson
Mr. Laurence - Bill Hutson
Jo March - Sims Lamason
Marmee - Camille Metoyer Moten
Amy March - Jen Morris
Mr. Brooke - Will Pope
Beth March - Carly Schneider

The Reality/Theatricality of Enron

“We’re going to put it all together and sell it to you as the truth.” The opening line and company attitude of Enron makes everyone take a look at how truly north the company's moral compass pointed–with some satirical laughs along the way. Scandal, lies and corruption are a few of the plot twisting details of the play Enron, which opens at the Omaha Community Playhouse Aug. 15.

When Enron executives were caught in their intricate scandal, the world was shocked. Officials and figure heads had to step down, the company filed for bankruptcy (the largest company to have ever filed at the time) and pivotal leaders were sentenced to time in prison. Consequently, standards and laws for accountants and businesses as a whole became a necessary precaution. The impact was huge.

Enron was one of the world’s energy giants that was based right here in Omaha in its early days (formerly Northern Natural Gas then InterNorth). The company misrepresented financial reports, paid off government officials and encouraged employees to invest their retirement funds in unstable stocks. Thus leading to the collapse of the energy giant and devastating many employees’ financial situations. Connie Lee (character: Claudia Roe) shares, “...If you lived in this area – you were sure to know people who were financially devastated by it. It appears that Jeffrey Skilling is eligible for release in 2017. I’m sure there are many people who would love to contribute to that parole hearing!”

In the play, the stage is transformed into the fast-paced business world giving us an insider view of the scandal sparing no blame along the way. Fulfilling the deceitful roles, here are a few words from the cast about the show.
Standing L-R: Matthew Pyle as Jeffrey Skilling, Lamar Brown as Raptor, Connie Lee as Claudia Roe, Chris Shonka as Andy Fastow; Front row L-R: Jon Roberson as Raptor, Paul Schneider as Ken Lay, Steve Hartman as Raptor
Where did you draw your inspiration for the role?
Matthew (character: Jeffrey Skilling) –“Jeff is an uber-smart, overbearing, self-righteous, (and yet charismatic), take-no-prisoners ‘SOB.’” Matthew jokes, “He is, essentially, who we all (at least secretly) wish we could be in real life.”

Chris Shonka (character: Andy Fastow) –“Deep down, the man I’m playing was a reprehensible human being, at least during this time in his life. Andy Fastow’s crimes at Enron defied the fundamental principles of finance and just being a decent person, but he glued a web of money to his arms and tried to fly. Someone has to be on his side for this show to work, and it is this basic human love of rolling the dice that lets me see the world from his point of view.”  

What's your favorite part about this piece?
Connie (character: Claudia Roe) – “I love the way this play jumps from real and dramatic scenes to the absurd. Reality/Theatricality. It’s so much fun to work on a production that includes both extremes.”  

What do you find the most challenging about this production?
Paul Schneider (character: Ken Lay) –“Trying to capture the nuances of Ken Lay's voice – the tone, the pace, the hint of a southern accent – have been most interesting and challenging.”

 Connie Lee (character: Claudia Roe) --“My character, Claudia, is the only one of the 4 main characters who is fictional rather than a real person. But she is closely drawn from a real person in the Enron saga: Rebecca Mark. Claudia, like Rebecca, was one of the very few powerful women in the macho-male dominated corporate culture. She is flashy, aggressive and a hoot to play! We can draw from what we know of Rebecca for Claudia’s character, but we’re not boxed in by that. We’re free to create the Claudia that works best for this production.”

Chris (character: Andy Fastow) –“If you want a cohesive, engaging narrative, you can’t be pulled into a vortex of abstraction. What I love about this production is how everyone is invested, finding something entirely human in even the most absurd corners of the play. I don’t know that I’ve seen this many people be so freely inventive, yet disciplined in their commitment to the moment to moment action of the play. The challenge? Keeping up with them.”  

What do you remember from the scandal? How did it affect you?
Paul (character: Ken Lay) – “I am an active investor, and I am extremely saddened by the fact that absolutely nothing in the financial world has improved since the demise of Enron. In fact, all the predatory practices are very much worse than they were when Enron failed. Far worse collapses have already occurred and are likely to continue to occur.”

Chris (character: Andy Fastow) – “Skilling told me to sell my options a year before all hell broke loose. He didn’t even know me, just butt dialed and I answered. Is that a conflict of interest for me? Probably. The Enron scandal didn’t affect me personally but the subsequent ones have obviously impacted everyone’s lives (Why, why did I buy my house in 2007?). Has meaningful regulation been passed by our representatives in government? Will it ever?”

 Enron runs Aug. 15-Sept. 14, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, call (402) 553-0800, or visit the Box Office located in the southeast corner of the Omaha Community Playhouse at 6915 Cass St. or click here.

Story by Kelsey Nutt

Go Beyond the Show!

Go Beyond the Show with post-show discussions following Enron. These discussions give audiences opportunities to discuss themes and subjects within a production with experts and community partners. They are free and open to the public and immediately follow a show.

Business Ethics and Enron: A community conversation
Facilitated by Amy Rodie
Sunday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 24 following the matinee productions of Lucy Prebble's play Enron.

Amy R. Rodie, Ph.D.
James R. Schumacher Chair of Ethics

Associate Professor of Marketing
College of Business Administration
University of Nebraska at Omaha


Professor Rodie teaches a business ethics course to business majors, and students study what went wrong at Enron. She also teaches Principles of Marketing, Consumer Behavior and Marketing Service Products. Amy has served as associate dean of UNO’s College of Business Administration and teaches in many of the executive education programs offered by UNO’s College of Business Administration. She has been awarded UNO’s Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award and the College of Business Administration Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Teaching.


Enron
Talk Back

Friday, Aug. 29
Join Enron's cast and crew to learn about the production process of the show.


To purchase tickets to Enron or for more information, visit the OCP Box Office, call (402) 553-0800 or click here.

Go Beyond the Show is a series of patron enrichment events that take a deeper look into the work that we produce on our stages.

August Metro Arts and Culture Pass


Enjoy the arts with a Metro Arts and Culture Pass! If you are a season subscriber to the Omaha Community Playhouse, in the month of August, you can buy one ticket, get one free to the The Arts Center September performance as well as $1 off admission and tram combo at Lauritzen Gardens.

The Metro Arts and Culture Pass features various nonprofit arts organizations around Omaha. In order to be a Metro Arts and Culture Pass member, you only must be a member or subscriber to one of the participating organizations. Every month, OCP members can enjoy a discount at a different featured Omaha arts organization.

Other participating organizations include:
Omaha Children's Museum
Omaha Performing Arts
Bemis Center
Durham Museum
Opera Omaha
El Museo Latino
The Rose
Film Streams
Nebraska Shakespeare
Joslyn Art Museum
Fontenelle Forest
The Arts Center
Ballet Nebraska
Love's Jazz and Arts Center
Lauritzen Gardens
Bluffs Arts Council
Strategic Air and Space Museum
Nebraskans for the Arts
BlueBarn Theatre
Kaneko
Omaha Creative Institute

Omaha Creative Institute

For more information about the Metro Arts Pass, contact the sales and community relations manager at jroberts@omahaplayhouse.com or (402) 553-4890, ext. 147.

The Drowsy Chaperone Cast List

Winner of five Tony Awards, The Drowsy Chaperone is a delightful look into the world of a musical theatre super fan. The show’s narrator invites us into his home to share with us his favorite musical comedy from the 1920s. As he turns on his record player, the musical bursts to life and his home transforms into the show’s set. The Drowsy Chaperone, the clever musical-within-a-musical, is the perfect evening of theatre for those who love to be entertained!

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Sept. 12- Oct. 12, 2014

Cast In Order of Appearance
Dave Wingert – Man in Chair
Judy Radcliff – Mrs. Tottendale
Noel Larrieu – Underling
Joseph T. O’Connor, II – Robert Martin
Paul Hanson – George
Joseph Dignoti – Feldzieg
Julia Mackenzie – Kitty
Chris Work – Gangster
Mike Palmreuter – Aldolpho
Molly McGuire – Janet
Megan McGuire – The Drowsy Chaperone
DeAnna Williams – Trix
Kent Stork – Superintendent

ENSEMBLE
In alphabetical order
Jason DeLong
Karrin Dignoti
John Gajewski
Debbie Massey
Abbey Stewart
David James Zenchuk, Jr.

Tickets on sale to the public Aug. 26. Advance tickets available to season subscribers. Call 402-553-0800 or visit www.omahaplayhouse.com.

July Metro Arts and Culture Pass Deal


Enjoy the arts with a Metro Arts and Culture Pass! If you are a season subscriber to the Omaha Community Playhouse, in the month of July, you can receive 10% off at CafĂ© Durham at the Joslyn Art Museum.

The Metro Arts and Culture Pass and features various nonprofit arts organizations around Omaha. In order to be a Metro Arts and Culture Pass member, you only must be a member or subscriber to one of the participating organizations. Every month, OCP members can enjoy a discount at a different featured Omaha arts organization.

Other participating organizations include:
Omaha Children's Museum
Omaha Performing Arts
Bemis Center
Durham Museum
Opera Omaha
El Museo Latino
The Rose
Film Streams
Nebraska Shakespeare
Joslyn Art Museum
Fontenelle Forest
The Arts Center
Ballet Nebraska
Love's Jazz and Arts Center
Lauritzen Gardens
Bluffs Arts Council
Strategic Air and Space Museum
Nebraskans for the Arts
BlueBarn Theatre
Kaneko
Omaha Creative Institute

Omaha Creative Institute

For more information about the Metro Arts Pass, contact the sales and community relations manager at jroberts@omahaplayhouse.com or (402) 553-4890, ext. 147.