Thursday, April 9, 2020

Musical of the Month: The Drowsy Chaperone: The Creative Team

This week as we take a look back at what the creative team of April's Musical of the Month, we'll find some familiar names, and others who haven't been heard from since the show closed. As we will find out, many of the company of The Drowsy Chaperone - on and off stage - were also involved in recent (and just as joyous) show, The Prom!

So, what have they been up to since the show closed on December 30, 2007? Let's see!

Musical of the Month:
The Drowsy Chaperone
The Creative Team

Writing and Direction
BOB MARTIN and DON MCKELLAR (Book): Mr. McKellar hasn't contributed to a Broadway show since Drowsy, though he and Mr. Martin did take home both Drama Desks and Tony Awards for their efforts. Martin, however, has been a part of the Rialto scene with the books for both Elf and The Prom, earning a Tony nod for the latter. 

LISA LAMBERT and GREG MORRISON (Music and Lyrics): To date, their sole Broadway credit is The Drowsy Chaperone. They were awarded both the Drama Desk and Tony Awards.

CASEY NICHOLAW (Direction and Choreography): In the years since Drowsy, Casey has been one busy guy, with TEN additional Broadway credits, including the current Mean Girls, Aladdin and a little show called The Book of Mormon. Other shows include Elf, Tuck Everlasting, Something Rotten!, and - you guessed it - The Prom! His career includes 9 Drama Desk nominations and 11 Tony Award nominations. He has won one of each, both for directing The Book of Mormon. For The Drowsy Chaperone, he was nominated for both awards for both direction and choreography.

DAVID GALLO (Set Design): Now entering his fourth decade as a scenic designer on Broadway, Gallo has made a career for himself designing nearly every main stem production of an August Wilson play, as well as a variety of musicals. Since Drowsy, he's designed 13 shows. Among them: Xanadu, Radio Golf, Memphis, A Catered Affair, and Holler If Ya Hear Me. He won the Tony and Drama Desk for Drowsy.

GREGG BARNES (Costume Design): A frequent collaborator with Nicholaw, they worked together on To Be or Not to Be, Elf, Aladdin, Something Rotten!, Tuck Everlasting and Mean Girls. Some of his additional post-Chaperone work includes: the revival of Follies, Kinky Boots and, most recently, Pretty Woman: The Musical. A 3-time Drama Desk nominee, he won for Chaperone and Follies; he won Tonys for both of those shows, and was nominated 6 more times.

KEN BILLINGTON and BRIAN MONAHAN (Lighting Design): Monahan, who was Tony nominated for Drowsy, hasn't been back since. Mr. Billington, with a career that began in the mid-60's, has been busy since the show closed in 2007. He's designed both revivals of Sunday in the Park with George and Sondheim on Sondheim. Unfortunately, he's designed for several flop musicals including High Fidelity, [title of show], The Story of My Life, The Scottsboro Boys, Chaplin, It Shoulda Been You, Amazing Grace and Gettin' the Band Back Together. On the other hand, he did design the revival of Chicago (Tony Award). 


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