Ogunquit leads off with musical comedy with Bravo star power

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OGUNQUIT — The Ogunquit Playhouse will open its season Wednesday, June 9, with the comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a musical comedy starring Bravo star Carson Kressley as the Man in Chair.

Kressley is probably best known for his Emmy Award-winning work on the breakout Bravo network hit, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” as well as for hosting Lifetime’s hit reality show “How to Look Good Naked.”

Also appearing will be Georgia Engel, Georgette from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She will reprise the role of Mrs. Tottendale, a role she created for the original Broadway production. Broadway veteran Liz Larsen also joins the cast as the Drowsy Chaperone.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” was the darling of the Tony Awards, winning the most statues in 2006, including Best Sets and Costumes. The same sets and costumes will be featured in the Ogunquit production.

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 This show-within-a-show begins when a die-hard musical fan, Kressley, imagines performers coming to life in his shabby apartment whenever he plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 hit called “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Throughout the performance, the musical comes to life as the Man in Chair continuously brings the audience in and out of the fantasy, which revolves around a celebrity bride and her  wedding day.

The Ogunquit Playhouse season will continue with “The Sound of Music,’ June 30 to July 24; “Sunset Boulevard,” July 28 to Aug. 14; Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” Aug. 18 to Sept. 11; and “Chicago,” featuring Sally Struthers in the role of Matron “Mama” Morton. Sept. 15 to Oct. 24 .

Performances are Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets range from $49 to $67 per show.  For tickets, call 646-5511 or visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.

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