In the middle of the great modern musical The Drowsy Chaperone, audiences are treated to a show-within-a-show parody of a much older musical, in which an American lady duets with a pidgin-English-speaking emperor in imperial China. Everyone is dressed in ridiculous "Oriental" garb and singing politically incorrect rhymes like "What is it about Caucasians/That mystifies we Asians?" It's a hilarious inside-theater riff, one better appreciated if you've seen The King and I, the Tony-winning musical that surely inspired it. In this often-revived classic, the King of Siam falls in love with a British governess in 1861, defying the odds and the clash of cultures. The Rodgers and Hammerstein music is exceptional; you'll recognize the ubiquitous "Getting to Know You."
In January, the Lake Worth Playhouse will stage The Drowsy Chaperone, but you can catch The King and I now, from Thursday through October 21. Tickets cost $23 to $30. Call 561-586-6410, or visit lakeworthplayhouse.org. The playhouse is located at 713 Lake Ave. in Lake Worth.
Thu., Oct. 4, 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 4. Continues through Oct. 21, 2012