The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical which opened on Broadway in 2006, described by the Tag Line as "a musical within a comedy". The frame story is about a lonely man named..."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...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 French woman and seduces him into kissing her. Of course, Hilarity Ensues as she confronts him about this kissing. Along the way, various other characters end up with marriages that they may or may not want, forcing best man George to arrange four marriages when he had originally only planned on one. Then a plane flies in, and they all get married and go to Rio!...It Makes Sense in Context. Sort of.For a more detailed plot, see The Drowsy Chaperone's page on The Other Wiki.As a result of its premise, The Drowsy Chaperone has more Lampshade Hanging than a hardware store, usually (but not always) provided by the Man In Chair.
Accidental Innuendo: invoked The Man in Chair asks if anyone had noticed the sexual implications of the song "Love is Always Lovely in the End."
Though some productions play him as merely metrosexual.
Analogy Backfire: 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.
Character Blog: During the Broadway run, the Man in Chair posted a series of videos wandering around Times Square, commenting about theatre.
Chekhov's Gunman: 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.
Dark Reprise: Act I ends with a depressing rendition of the "Wedding Bells" motif. The second act's actual opening number "The Bride's Lament" incorporates fragments of "Show Off" with all of the tongue-in-cheek humor removed.
Deadpan Snarker: The Chaperone, Underling, Feldzeig, and Man in Chair all fit this trope at one time or another.
Final Love Duet: 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 Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
Fourth Date Marriage: 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.
Let's Duet: "Cold Feet" between the groom and George, containing some call and response to introduce George; and "Accident Waiting to Happen" between the bride and groom, using many elements of the Final Love Duet.
Married at Sea: Parodied. In the finale, the cast decides that the captain of an airship can marry people, as they forgot a minister.
The Mel Brooks Number: "Bride's Lament". 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."
Mood Whiplash: 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.
Two-Person Love Triangle: 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.