Ogunquit Playhouse. The Playhouse was started by Broadway showman, Walter Hartwig, and his wife Maude.
The Hartwigs were part of the "Little Theatre Movement" bringing theatre outside of Manhattan. During the 1930's most summer stock theatres were in renovated barns, grange halls, or churches. When the Ogunquit Playhouse was built in 1937, it rivaled many New York city theatres 'til the 1950's! The Ogunquit Playhouse is also on the National Historical Registry.
The Ogunquit Playhouse has quite a legacy of actors and actresses that have graced its stage over the past seven decades ( Bette Davis, Tallulah Bankhead, Gary Merrill, Ethel Barrymore and countless others). It is always a pleasure to take in a show, and let the magic of Broadway spill on to the stage!
We decided to see the Drowsy Chaperone with Carson Kressley, and Georgia Engel. It's a "musical in a comedy". Kressley is an old "show tune queen" narrating his favorite broadway musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone". Kressley is entertaining and animated as he narrates his favorite parts of the show from his easy chair in his New York City Studio apartment. We get a glimpse of his life as he escapes into his favorite musical. There are twists and turns. The show is fast, and there is no intermission. Georgia Engel is a delight, and portrays the same type of lovable character as "Georgette" in Mary Tyler Moore. Kressley listens to the recording, and the musical comes alive in his apartment. The record album is old, and there are scratches, static and skips, but like all good recordings its worth a good listening!
Mike and I enjoyed the show and do recommend seeing it. Georgia Engel played the same role on Broadway.
Ogunquit, ME 03907
Show times evenings at 8pm
Enjoyed the show. Show is 1 hour and 50 minutes
Playing til June 26th
Two Thumbs Up!