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February 15, 2014

OU comes through with rollicking musical

NORMAN — Stereotypically cliché characters, over the top production numbers and a paper-thin plot that predictably ends all wrapped together in a neat ribbon. A cynic might describe the Tony Award-winning musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” as such, but the irony of it all is that the production is intended to be just that. The University of Oklahoma musical theater’s take on the show left no note unbelted, no cliché left out and no talent wasted.

Under the direction of Lyn Cramer, the fast-paced show within a show opened 8 p.m. Friday in the Rupel J. Jones Theatre, and undoubtedly displayed its ability to be brilliantly funny yet excessively eccentric.

The musical is about a lonely musical theater lover, plainly known as Man in Chair, who guides the audience through his favorite number, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” as it comes to life in his apartment. Man in Chair is played by junior Andrew Gallop, whose snarky commentary and dialogue won a majority of the audience’s laughter.

The musical within the comedy is centered around Broadway sensation Janet Van De Graaff, played by sophomore Sarah Quinn, who is giving up her theater career to marry oil tycoon, Robert Martin, played by junior Aaron Boudreaux. The pair’s abrupt love for one another has brought them to their wedding day, where the array of random characters have gathered to celebrate.

The wedding day is filled with uproarious mayhem as Van De Graaff’s producer Victor Feldzieg, played by junior Basit Shittu, desperately attempts to sabotage the wedding in order for Van De Graaff to continue with her Broadway career. Adding to the mayhem is the constantly tipsy chaperone, played by junior Kassiani Menas, whose habit for the bottle inhibits her from fulfilling her sole responsibility of keeping the bride from the groom before the wedding.

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