‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ is coming to the YPAC

Matt Bell and Stephanie Neil star in the ‘Drowsy Chaperone.’

Yucaipa Live will present “The Drowsy Chaperone” at the Yucaipa Performing Arts Center for three performances on Jan. 25-26.

This lively musical was nominated for 13 Tony awards and took home five, including Best Book written by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and Best Original Score written by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. A loving send-up of the Jazz Age, “The Drowsy Chaperone” features one show-stopping dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life, and “The Drowsy Chaperone” begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

The production stars Yucaipa’s own Matt Bell as the Man in the Chair, and Stephanie Neil as the title character, Drowsy Chaperone.

“What more do you need for an evening’s entertainment,” said Christine Presley of Yucaipa Live. “This is a fun-filled show full of music and dance from the 1920s. With this amazing cast, it is has been such a fun show to put together. We are so excited for opening night.”

For more information, go to yucaipaperformingarts.org or call the box office at 500-7714.

Yucaipa Performing Arts Theatre is located in Historic Uptown Yucaipa, 12062 California St.

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