Friday, August 3, 2018

Let's Get Drowsy!

 After a super performance
of The Drowsy Chaperone,
at The Bristol Valley Theatre
(still running, btw...til Sunday!), 
I felt compelled to enjoy the Broadway version
with Edward (look at those BOOTS!) Hibbert as Underling,
and Georgia Engle (Ukelele Lil) as Mrs. Tottendale.
Georgia is 70 years old
and very recently did Half Time 
with Andre DeShields and Donna McKechnie!
Check out the youtube vid:

 Sutton Foster as Janet Van Der Graff
and Georgia below with NOT Edward,
in the LA production.

 Weren't those pants called "plus fours"? 
Gangsters turned pastry chefs turned musical comedy stars,
Garth and Jason Kravits
"beat it up"
in "Toledo Surprise".

 Bob Martin (The Man In The Chair)
and Beth Leavel as theeee Drowsy Chaperone.
The show won Tonys for Best Original Score
and Book.
P.S. Bob helped collaborated on that book with
Don McKellar.
 As part of our "Let's Do It" theme,
Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees
perform that classic
and "Let's Put Out The Lights And Go To Bed."

 Brooks Ashmanskas and Helene Yorke
teamed up in
Bullets Over Broadway,
and we'll hear their duet,
"Let's Misbehave"...
Cole Porter, clam chowder, and a very fun rendition.
Above, posed!
Below, in rehearsal!

 Miss Liberty was done in 1949,
with tunes by Irving Berlin (above with Allyn McLerie and Eddie Albert).
The critics called it
"something of a clinker,"
but even so, several songs became momentary hits.
We'll hear "Let's Take An Old Fashioned Walk".

 Fred Astaire proves to be a big part of our
"Let's Do It" theme:
Above with Ginger in
and "Let's Face the Music and Dance" 
from Follow The Fleet.
Below, a similar "move" he did with 
Sister Adele.

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