A Small Apartment Springs To Life As A Broadway Stage

Best Results, RIVAA Collaborates, Gives MST&DA Two Intersecting Worlds

Updated 1 year ago David Stone
Best Results, RIVAA Collaborates, Gives MST&DA Two Intersecting Worlds

To understand the challenge, imagine a man, alone in his apartment, who loves classic Broadway musicals so much his home morphs into a stage, alive with music, dance and lot of humor, while he's swept into the production. Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance asks RIVAA's artists to set the scenes for a pair of side-by-side, very different universes.

Jacqueline Lucid directs 2018's teen musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, a hit in New York that opened in 2006. A man relieves his "non-specific sadness," placing a recording of the 1920s production he's pulled from a collection of vinyl discs on a turntable. Music and dance transform the room

"I love it so much," he muses.

As antic musical comedy springs to life, filled wit memorable songs and dances, the Man in Chair adds running commentary and wry observations, adding context to a dreamlike setting.

RIVAA's task is to create believable backdrops that complement the electric action.

"They're transforming the walls of our little black box theatre into the one-room studio walk-up apartment of the lead character," says Lucid, a veteran of numerous productions here and elsewhere. "After their transformative work on the backdrops of last years' Seussical and Pippin, I can't wait to see what they will do with a less fantastical, more realistic setting."

By the way, complimenting the eccentric Main in Chair is the drowsy chaperone herself. Drowsy actually means intoxicated. And then, there are the leads, vivacious actress Janet van de Graaff and her hopeful fiancee Robert Martin compliment a host of whacky players.

The fun is pretty much nonstop.

MST&DA Executive Director Kristi Towey is excited about this second year of working with RIVAA.

“We're so excited to have RIVAA on our production team again this year for The Drowsy Chaperone. Their professionalism, passion for the arts, vision for the production, and talent is obvious in their work. Last year they created amazing sets for three of our productions - Almost, Maine, Seussical Jr, and Pippin," she says.

"If you missed their work last Spring, don’t miss it this time!"

The Drowsy Chaperone opens Friday, June 1st, in the Howe Theatre in the Cultural Center, 548 Main Street. Learn more and reserve your seats for any of four weekend performances by clicking here.

Comments powered by Disqus

Assorted Ideas

Coonrod tackles Flannery O’Connor

Karin Coonrod tackles Flannery O’Connor on tour, starting this weekend at Loyola University of Chicago. Her latest work with Compagnia de’ Colombari brings O’Connor’s short…

Continue reading → Coonrod tackles Flannery O’Connor

The post Coonrod tackles Flannery O’Connor appeared first on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small.

Where did our crime go? –NYC

Where did our crime go? In August, it happened again, and the Mayor’s press conference with the Police Commissioner James O’Neill confirmed it. Crime disappears…

Continue reading → Where did our crime go? –NYC

The post Where did our crime go? –NYC appeared first on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small.

Photoville NYC 2019 Open

Photoville NYC 2019 is open as of yesterday, September 12th, in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The weather wasn’t perfect, but the rest of the weekend should…

Continue reading → Photoville NYC 2019 Open

The post Photoville NYC 2019 Open appeared first on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small.

RIOC punts on safety

RIOC punts on safety for residents and visitors. Recent incidents expose indifference, incompetence and failures in responsibility. Public safety is a core responsibility, but RIOC…

Continue reading → RIOC punts on safety

The post RIOC punts on safety appeared first on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small.

Danny Simmons Alone Together, New Paintings

Danny Simmons Alone Together collects recent paintings by the abstract expressionist whose complex, subtle works defy an ebullient personality. Simmons is an artist worth discovering…

Continue reading → Danny Simmons Alone Together, New Paintings

The post Danny Simmons Alone Together, New Paintings appeared first on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small.