When: Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m., Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 21, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 14 2016
A few years ago, Stages St. Louis presented an excellent production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Audiences have clamored for a return engagement, and for its 30th anniversary season, Stages St. Louis gives the people what they want. The musical tells the story of the Man in the Chair, a lonely New Yorker whose only solace is his large collection of cast albums from Broadway shows. Paramount among them: his prized edition of the 1920s Jazz Age gem, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he plays it again, the show comes to life in his apartment, right before our eyes. It's fast-paced and funny, with songs that celebrate everything goofy and grand about the Golden Age of stage musicals. David Schmittou reprises his role as the Man in the Chair, and Edward Juvier returns as the dramatic lover, Adolpho. It's a near-perfect show that will improve your week. It took the combined talents of Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison, Bob Martin and Don McKellar to bring this production to the stage, so don't let their efforts go to waste. The Drowsy Chaperone is performed Tuesday through Sunday (July 22 to August 1) at the Robert G. Reim Theatre (111 South Geyer Road; www.stagesstlouis.org). Tickets are $46 to $62.