Originality Points

Unlike other big-deal productions, The Drowsy Chaperone succeeds without cribbing from popular music (Mamma Mia!), the movies (The Lion King) or a celebrity’s life story (Dreamgirls). That’s what made the show stand out on Broadway in 2006, when it racked up five Tony Awards (including one presented by Kansas City son Paul Rudd). Through the faux 1928 musical at its heart, The Drowsy Chaperone pays tribute to the music and glamor of the Jazz Age, but the story and the music are original. The song and dance happens at 8:30 nightly through June 22 at Starlight Theatre (4600 Starlight Road). Call 816-363-7827 for tickets.

June 17-22, 8:30 p.m., 2008