Most of us, at one time or another, have come home from a busy day, kicked off our shoes and played a cast album from a familiar Broadway show.

We close our eyes, listen to the soothing, memory-packed music and find ourselves drifting off and remembering a production we saw of the musical. Quickly, we're caught up in the whole thing, recalling different performers, the look of the theater and even the sets that transported us to a world being created before our eyes.

Not once, however, did we imagine any of this would have anything to do with creating a Broadway show, but it did for the writers of "The Drowsy Chaperone," Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison, Bob Martin and Don McKellar, who created the show that opens Jan. 18 at Livermore's Bankhead Theater.

The writers obviously had firsthand experience listening to a musical's album all alone and suddenly having the whole production come alive for them in the confines of their room. And, perhaps as a function of age, or the need to hear the occasional pops and static on the recording, the writers specify this is something that takes place when a real, live record is dropped on the turntable and played through a needle.

That, anyway, is how the story goes when the Man in the Chair locks his door, drops the needle on the record and settles into his seat. With some scratches and static, the needle winds its way toward the promise of entertainment, and his apartment comes alive with a '20s-era musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone."

Like most musicals of the era, "Drowsy" is a peppy and, to a contemporary audience, delightfully silly vaudeville show of a musical that ties the story around guests arriving for the wedding of a Broadway star to her handsome but nervous beau. Several of the guests want to stop the wedding so the young diva will remain in her present position. Some are gangsters, and others are just ditsy in a wonderfully funny way.

The Tri-Valley Repertory theater production is directed and choreographed by Christina Lazo and Misty Megia, with musical direction by Joe Simiele. Featured in the show are, as the Man in the Chair: Ron Lytle; The Drowsy Chaperone: Alexis Rogers; the starlet, Janet van de Graffe: Catherine Williamson; and her beau, Robert Martin: Ryan Cowles.

Performances begin Jan. 18 and continue at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, with an extra matinee at 2 p.m. Feb. 1. There are no performances on Super Bowl Sunday. All performances are at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St. in Livermore. Tickets, at $38, may be reserved at 925-373-6800 or www.mylvpac.com.

BLUEGRASS WITH AN ATTITUDE: The Special Consensus, the 2012 Grammy-nominated acoustic bluegrass band, returns at 8 p.m. Jan. 11 to the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. in Pleasanton.

The four-man bluegrass group plays classic bluegrass music with a modern edge. Opening for the group is the singer/songwriter duo of Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman with their 'Americali' sound, Americana with a California twist. Tickets cost $12 to $22 and may be reserved at 925-931-4848 or www.firehousearts.org

Contact Pat Craig at pjcraig495@yahoo.com.