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''The Drowsy Chaperone'' is a musical which opened on Broadway in 2006, described by the TagLine as "[[ShowWithinAShow a musical within a comedy]]". The frame story is about a lonely man named..."[[NoNameGiven Man In Chair]]", who lives alone with his record collection. One day he feels blue, and so puts on a record from the 1920s - ''The Drowsy Chaperone''. The majority of the musical is the record itself, with comments interjected now and then from the Man to...[[AudienceMonologue somebody.]]

The story of ''The Drowsy Chaperone'' is about the wedding of Janet van der Graaff and Robert Martin. Janet has doubts about her feelings towards her fiancee, and when she comes across Robert conveniently blindfolded, she pretends to be a [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench French woman]] and seduces him into kissing her. Of course, HilarityEnsues as she confronts him about this kissing. Along the way, various other characters end up with marriages that they [[AccidentalMarriage may or may not want]], forcing best man George to arrange four marriages when he had originally only planned on one. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Then a plane flies in, and they all get married and go to Rio!]]

...ItMakesSenseInContext. [[RandomEventsPlot Sort of]].

For a more detailed plot, see TheDrowsyChaperone's page on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Drowsy_Chaperone The Other Wiki]].

As a result of its premise, ''The Drowsy Chaperone'' has more LampshadeHanging than a hardware store, usually (but not always) provided by the Man In Chair.

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!!Tropes:
* AccidentalInnuendo: [[invoked]] The Man in Chair asks if anyone had noticed the sexual implications of the song "Love is Always Lovely ''in the End''."
* AccidentalMisnaming: The Chaperone initially calls Aldolpho "Adollface".
* AffectionateParody: Of the Jazz Age, and musicals in general.
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: In-universe. [[AllThereInTheManual The booklet in the CD case for the recording]] mentions that the show is based off of a short story called ''Honeymoonin' To Do.''
* AmbiguouslyGay: The Man in Chair. He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday several times]].
** Though some productions play him as merely metrosexual.
* AnalogyBackfire: the song "Love Is Always Lovely in the End", in which the singer, Mrs. Tottendale, is blissfully oblivious to the fact that every couple she mentions in the song (Romeo and Juliet, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Samson and Delilah) had an unhappy ending. Underling tries to point this out to her, to no avail.
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: The Chaperone during "I Am Aldolpho."
* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: There's an entire joke about a [[JapaneseRanguage "rady"]] and a man.
* BetterThanABareBulb: TheMusical!
* BigWhat: Aldolfo. '''WHAAAAAAAT?'''
* BrickJoke: Man in Chair mentions that Tottendale's actress is named Ukelele Lil, "although she never plays the ukelele in this show". Of course, during the Finale, she accompanies him on ukelele.
* BSODSong: 'Bride's Lament'.
* BusbyBerkeleyNumber: 'The Bride's Lament', according to the Man in Chair, is "a little Busby Berkeley, a little [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Jane Goodall]]."
* ButHeSoundsHandsome: "Robert kissed a French girl. Her name is Mimi. She's very beautiful."
* CapeSwish: Aldolpho does this. [[CharacterTic A lot.]]
* CharacterBlog: During the Broadway run, the Man in Chair posted a series of videos wandering around Times Square, commenting about theatre.
* ChekhovsGunman: Trix, who sings in the opening "I'll see you when they tie the knot!" She then reappears at the end of the play right when the cast realizes they need a minister, and marries all four couples.
* DarkReprise: Act I ends with a depressing rendition of the "Wedding Bells" motif. The second act's [[IrrelevantActOpener actual]] opening number "[[BSODSong The Bride's Lament]]" incorporates fragments of "Show Off" with all of the tongue-in-cheek humor removed.
* DeadpanSnarker: The Chaperone, Underling, Feldzeig, and Man in Chair all fit this trope at one time or another.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Hoo boy, ''Message From A Nightingale.''
** Robert Martin says that "Cold Feets" is a number "an old negro taught me." The lyrics are full of ebonics ("You make de cold feets hot!") sung by two characters usually played by white actors.
* TheDitz: Both Kitty and Miss Tottendale.
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: It's hard to take the gangsters seriously when their "weapons" are cooking utensils and everything they say is a {{pun}}.
* FinalLoveDuet: Played with in that it doesn't actually end the musical at all, but instead creates the central conflict, but other than that, "Accident Waiting to Happen" fits this trope to a T. Also doubles as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
* FourthDateMarriage: Janet and Robert, to the point where "fourth date" might be an overstatement...
** Not to mention Aldolpho and the Chaperone, Feldzieg and Kitty, and Mrs. Tottendale and Underling, all of whom got married immediately without dating at all.
*** Though Mrs. Tottendale and Underling have at least known each other for some time before Mrs. Tottendale was widowed, as during I Remember Love he's shocked when she sings about how kind love has been to her, pointing out that her late husband "was a brute" before realizing she means him.
* FunnyForeigner: Aldolpho.
** Twice.
* GenreSavvy: Man In Chair.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Used a lot, intentionally. Lampshaded by the Man In Chair who says the word "has a different meaning now, but back then it just meant fun."
* HighHopesZeroTalent: Kitty desperately wants to replace Janet, despite her complete lack of talent and [[TheDitz very low intelligence]].
* HypocriticalHumor:
** In the opening monologue, Man In Chair mentions that he hates when musicals break the fourth wall. Guess what the ''entire point of the show'' is.
** Man In Chair keeps telling the audience to "keep the magic alive" when something interrupts the play. Even if he's the one interrupting.
** 'Show Off': Janet spends the entire song showing off to her fans and the audience, complete with an encore, while singing about how she's leaving show business.
** In the intermission monologue the Man In Chair delivers, he complains about people opening crinkly candy wrappers. He then proceeds to open and eat a protein bar.
* HypocriticalSong: "Show Off", complete with encore.
* IAmGreatSong: "Aldolpho", about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin guess who]].
* IAmSong: 'I Am Aldolpho' - hard to get clearer than that.
* IrrelevantActOpener: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the case of 'Message From A Nightingale', as Man In Chair [[SorryILeftTheBGMOn accidentally put the wrong record on.]]
* TheJeeves: Underling.
* JustForPun: Pretty much the existence of [[ThoseTwoGuys the two Gangsters.]]
* LadyDrunk: The titular Chaperone.
* LargeHam: Aldolpho, and by extension, his actor.
** Quoth the Man In Chair: "He was the [[FakeNationality man of a thousand accents]]...[[UnfortunateImplications all of them insulting.]]"
* LastMinuteHookup: All of the characters, including PairTheSpares.
* LatinLover: Aldolpho thinks he's this, but in reality he's more of a CasanovaWannabe.
* LemonyNarrator: The Man in Chair, in spades.
* LetsDuet: "Cold Feet" between the groom and George, containing some [[CallAndResponseSong call and response]] to introduce George; and "Accident Waiting to Happen" between the bride and groom, using many elements of the FinalLoveDuet.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: A blackout happens right before the last note of 'I Do, I Do, In the Sky'.
* MarriedAtSea: Parodied. In the finale, the cast decides that the captain of an airship can marry people, as they forgot a minister.
* TheMelBrooksNumber: "Bride's Lament". [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Man in Chair, who is acutely aware that the song wasn't ''intended'' to be funny, and tells the audience to "just ignore the lyrics."
* MoodWhiplash: There are a number of funny or touching scenes interrupted by the Man in Chair giving a glimpse into his (rather sad) backstory. The biggest by far is the rather funny scene where Drowsy is telling Janet to "L-ve while you can." While Man In Chair's accompanying monologue has some funny lines, it is on the whole rather sad.
* MostDefinitelyNotAVillain: The gangsters, who are introduced with the lines, [[BlatantLies "We're pastry chefs! / We're pastry chefs! / We cross our hearts we're pastry chefs!"]]
* MusicalisInterruptus: The Man in Chair's phone rings, interrupting George's tap dance going into the next scene.
* {{Narm}}: Played with in-universe in "Bride's Lament". As The Man in the Chair says, "Try to ignore the lyrics." [[spoiler:They're about...[[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]]. Yeah.]]
** Considering the way he sings along to this song, though, he may have come to see them as NarmCharm, [[spoiler:especially considering his backstory.]]
* NoFourthWall
* NoNameGiven: The Man in Chair, the Drowsy Chaperone, [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Underling]], the Superintendent, and the Gangsters.
** It's entirely possible that [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep his name really is Underling.]]
* NostalgiaFilter: The way the Man In Chair views the 1920s.
* OnlySaneMan: Underling.
* OutOfGenreExperience: The beginning of the second act.
* PungeonMaster: When it comes to this trope, the gangsters really ''take the cake!'' [[spoiler:...I'm so sorry.]]
* PornWithoutPlot: Invoked by Man In Chair, who notes that in both musicals and pornography, the plot is often secondary to the..."[[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow production numbers]]."
* ShowWithinAShow
* SillyLoveSongs: 'Love is Always Lovely in the End'.
* SpitTake: One scene consists of [[OverlyLongGag nothing]] ''[[OverlyLongGag but]]'' spit takes. [[ButtMonkey Poor Underling!]]
* StockingFiller: The Chaperone, usually.
* SuperfluousSolo: Parodied with "As We Stumble Along", which the Man in Chair claims was only included to appease the actress playing the Chaperone. [[invoked]]
* TakeThat: Near the end, when the Superintendent calls himself a fan of musicals but is only familiar with contemporary big-budget titles.
--> '''Superintendent''': Yeah, I've seen 'em all. I've seen Cats, Les Miz, Saturday Night Fever--I liked the movie better--
--> '''Man in Chair''': Really. Well, goodbye. ''(He shuts the door in his face.)''
* TemptingFate: After 'Show Off' "ends".
--> '''Kitty''': I'm surprised she didn't do an encore.
--> '''Janet''': I don't want to encore no more!
* TooDumbToLive: George stops Robert from tap dancing because he could sprain his ankle. Instead he tells him to go rollerblading. ''Blindfolded''.
** Naturally he then sings [[ItMakesSenseInContext "I'm an Accident Waiting to Happen."]]
* TwoPersonLoveTriangle: Janet is getting cold feet about her wedding, so she decides to go see whether or not Robert really loves her. He's conveniently blindfolded, so she pretends to be a random French woman named Mimi and asks about how they first met. They both get caught up in reliving the moment and kiss, only for Janet to remember what she's doing and call off the wedding.
* WeddingsForEveryone: How the ShowWithinAShow ends.
* WhatAreRecords: Man in Chair seems to be anticipating this reaction from his audience when he explains he was listening to his records--yes, '''records.'''
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