The Drowsy Chaperone Opens January 21st

Just in time to brighten up that incessant gray of January in an “insanely ridiculous” fashion, The Drowsy Chaperone makes its Missoula debut on the stage of the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Perhaps not as viscerally familiar to Montana audiences in the way The Sound of Music was, Missoula Community Theatre is certain you will find this Tony Award-winning “comedy within a musical” a breath of fresh, fast-paced whimsical air!

This is “the funniest musical that has been written in quite a while,” notes director Joseph Martinez. “Its ‘musical within a comedy’ idea is genius and allows audiences to let go for a while and just laugh.”

A parody of 1920’s musical theatre, it weaves a hilarious story that invites the audience into the head of an eccentric Broadway fanatic (known only as “Man in Chair,” played by Robert Harsch). The man’s mind musings and continuous commentary create a real time rendition of his favorite show right there in his living room. Vibrant characters who shamelessly indulge in incredibly toe-tapping, show-stopping numbers and ludicrous shenanigans keep the antics rolling and the audience reeling!  A strong ensemble cast features favorite Missoula performers such Tim Shonkwiler, Darci Monsos, Greg Boris, Brit Garner, and Erin Tooley.

downloadMartinez expressed that the show’s comedy takes place now, while the musical takes place in the 1920’s, which can create possible ‘non-politically correct moments.’ “But I think that’s half the fun. It shows us where we were as a society 80-plus years ago, and how much our society and acceptance has changed, and how much it hasn’t.”

Eagerly undertaking the stylistic music is the artistic team of music director David Cody (with assistance from Brett Mitchel) and choreographer Heather Adams to bring the glitz of old time Broadway glamour to life with sparkle and pizazz. The Drowsy Chaperone music and lyrics are written by Lisa Lambert and Don McKellar, while Bob Martin and Greg Morrison wrote the book.

So find the “downright ridiculous” fun this January with a playdate at the Missoula Community Theatre! The Drowsy Chaperone promises to delight, entertain, and make your January glitter! The humor may go over the heads of most kids, but the silliness and energy are perfect for older teens and all adults.

***The Drowsy Chaperone runs January 21-31 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at, by calling 406-728-7529 or at MCT’s Box Office. The Drowsy Chaperone is sponsored by WGM Group, Inc. and is a production of the Missoula Community Theatre.