While Tony Award-winner John Glover was previously announced as The Drowsy Chaperone's new Man in Chair, Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie will first fill the seat recently vacated by Bob Martin.
Martin, who left the hit show on March 11th, will star in The Drowsy Chaperone in London. Martin won a Tony for co-writing the show's book with Don McKellar, and also was nominated for creating the role of Man in Chair.
Understudies Jay Douglas and Patrick Wetzel will perform as Man in Chair this week. Crombie will play the role from March 20th through April 15th. Glover (Love! Valour! Compassion!) joins on April 17th.
Crombie previously played Gangster #2 in the Toronto production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Other credits include Dishwashers and Godspell. He has been seen on such TV programs as "Slings & Arrows."
The recipient of thirteen major awards, The Drowsy Chaperone received the most Tony Awards of any musical -five in total, including Best Book and Best Score, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, four Outer Critic's Circle Awards including Outstanding Score and the Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical.
The show began previews April 3, 2006 and opened on Broadway on May 1, 2006 at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway).
The Drowsy Chaperone is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-nominee Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot), with music and lyrics by Tony Award winners Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and a book by Tony Award-winners Bob Martin and Don McKellar.
"To chase his blues away, a modern day musical theatre addict known simply as 'Man in Chair' drops the needle on his favorite cast album – the 1928 musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the uproariously funny musical magically bursts to life on stage. We are instantly immersed in the hilarious tale of a glamorous bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises that take both the cast (literally) and the audience (metaphorically) soaring into the heavens. Man in Chair's infectious love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the theater," state press materials.
The Drowsy Chaperone is produced by Kevin McCollum, Roy Miller, Boyett Ostar, Stephanie McClelland, Barbara Freitag and Jill Furman.
The show plays Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 p.m. with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Visit www.DrowsyChaperone.com for more information.