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April 23, 2009

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UT Tyler Cowan Center Presents 'Drowsy Chaperone' as Season Finale

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The most celebrated musical of the 2006 Broadway season, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” will be the last performance of the 2008-09 Cowan Center season, Susan Thomae-Morphew, Cowan Center director, announced.     

Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Scott and Robyn Lieberman and Mimi Lieberman, “The Drowsy Chaperone” will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2009. Media sponsors are KLTV – Channel 7, East Texas Radio Group and Lamar Outdoor Advertising.

Tickets are $66, $56, $46, $41 and $26 and can be purchased by phone at 903.566.7424, online at www.cowancenter.org or at the box office. Box office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“It isn’t often that we get a Broadway musical here this quickly after being the biggest Tony Award winner only three years prior. It’s fun, witty and nostalgic. Anyone who loves a good Broadway musical will have a good time with this one,” said Thomae-Morphew.

The Drowsy Chaperone” tells the story of a modern day musical theater addict known simply as “man in chair” who soothes his blues by playing his favorite album of the 1928 musical The Drowsy Chaperone.

From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life on stage telling the tale of a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer who sets out to sabotage the nuptials, her chaperone, the debonair groom, the dizzy chorine, the Latin lover and a pair of gangsters who double as pastry chefs.

The New York Times predicted the success of “this revved-up spoof of a 1920s song-and-dance frolic, as imagined by an obsessive 21st-century show queen” the morning after it opened at the Marquis Theater.

The show is directed and choreographed by Tony Award® nominee Casey Nicholaw of “Spamalot” with music and lyrics by Tony Award® winners Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and a book by Tony Award® winners Bob Martin and Don McKellar.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” won more Tony Awards® than any other musical of the 2006 season, including Best Book, Original Score, Costume Design and Scenic Design.

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