Noah Fagerlund, a sophomore majoring in biology at Jamestown College (North Dakota), is a cast member of the musical comedy "The Drowsy Chaperone," Jamestown College Theatre's season opener. The show runs Nov. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. nightly in the Reiland Fine Arts Center's DeNault Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved through the Box Office by calling (701) 252-3467 ext. 5435, sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting the Jamestown College web site, www.jc.edu and click on "Community" and "Reiland Box Office." They can also be purchased at the door.
With its jazz numbers and outlandish comedy, "The Drowsy Chaperone" is a parody of 1920s-era musical theater and a shining example of the show-within-the-show concept. Man in Chair, a mousy, middle-aged, agoraphobic Broadway fan, is at the center of it all. Written by Bob Martin and Don McKellar, with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, the show opens with the central character listening to a recording of his favorite musical, the fictional 1928 hit "The Drowsy Chaperone."
As for the show within, it has everything a '20s-era musical needs: gangsters, romance, a flapper, dazzling production numbers and alcohol (which was illegal back then). The recording's crazy characters come to life in the Man's dingy apartment, transforming it into a spectacular, glitzy, Broadway-like stage. And he wryly comments on the music, story and actors throughout the production.
The show opened on Broadway in 2006 and won five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Score, as well as a number of other awards.
Noah is the son of Dwain and Kirsten Fagerlund of Crookston.