When I was thinking of what to do for air travel with showtunes week about transportation and travel I instantly thought of I Do I Do In The Sky from the Drowsey Chaperone. Another option would have been to do a post about Miss Saigon with the helicopter that barely worked, but I think that I Do I Do In The Sky from The Drowsey Chaperone is a better choice because it is actually about transporting people and the cast is literally lifted up on an airplane that is facing the audience.
At the end of the show, you hear this amazing black lady come out, and they introduce her as a lesbian because of her name as slang back in the time the show takes place, and start belting out a song while marrying the happy couple. Not only is she an aviator, but she gets the entire cast to stand across the plane she is flying and they all sing together. I Do I Do In the Sky from The Drowsey Chaperone is one of my favorite songs from the show. It’s up beat, happy and easy to sing a long too. It blends in on almost any mix of showtunes or play list and is also one that is perfect for background noise if you just need something to play while you are working.
It was kind of sad when The Drowsey Chaperone shut down on broadway. It was at the Marriott Marquis right in Times Square and was a fun show. It had everything from dancing and singing to a drunken old lady singing about being drunk through life and was actually kind of funny as well. Unfortunately the show definitely didn’t have any songs that will last forever like Les Miserables or any of the major classic shows. At the same time it was definitely a fun and campy show that I thought should have lasted for at least one more season. The songs were fun and the characters were great, but the show altogether wasn’t the best. Anyways, the song I Do I Do In the Sky from The Drowsey Chaperone is the perfect song for the list of showtunes about travel and transportation since they perform it on an airplane.
So I didn’t end up going to Showtunes night at JRs last night but whatever, there are plenty of other nights to go and sing showtunes…but what I did do was remember seeing a show which I don’t think is on Broadway anymore called The Drowsey Chaperone.
It takes place in a guys apartment who is obsessed with a show from the 1920s or really old skool times where shows were on a stage with a single star and gangsters and flash and people had talent and didn’t have to rely on big show stages and special effects to make the show better. The set was cool because the whole thing moved and changed but you were always still in his apartment. What I liked even more was that the Drowsey Chaperone has everything you could want in a show, dancing, singing, comedy, an old drunk lady and a cast that could actually act and sing.
My favorite song was I don’t want to show off no more, but the best singer was the black lady at the end singing about flying in her airplane when the whole cast jumped on board and floated above the stage. She had an amazing voice and ended the show perfectly. The other thing I like about the show was that they sold autographed posters with the entire cast after the show and the money on the autographed ones was donated to an AIDS charity called Broadway Cares. I did buy the poster with the donation and will post a picture of the Drowsey Chaperone Broadway Poster when I get my boxes unpacked from moving, however it isn’t the one that everyone likes, instead it is the one that just has the logo on it, but whatever it still went for a good cause and all went to charity.
The Drowsey Chaperone is an awesome feel good fun show for everyone so if it tours and comes to your town, stumble along (You’ll get the joke) to the theatre and enjoy a nice and fun night out at the theatre with your friends and family and enjoy The Drowsey Chaperone and have something to talk about over cocktails or dinner after the show.
Also, if you go to showtunes night, I know that they do play a couple of songs from the show every once in a while so look out for the one I like called I don’t want to show off no more (I think it is the CBS version from when they did their plug) or the tumble along song.