The Chaperone from PBS, Masterpiece Films, and director Michael Engler (Sex in the City) is playing exclusively at Harkins Scottsdale Shea starting April 12.
Based on the best selling novel by Laura Moriarty, The Chaperone features an all-star cast including Elizabeth McGovern, native-Phoenician Haley Lu Richardson, Miranda Otto, Blythe Danner, and Campbell Scott.
Laura Moriarty’s novel was adapted by Julien Fellowes, the Academy Award-winning scribe of Gosford Park and the creator and writer of Downton Abbey. The Chaperone played earlier this year in New York and Los Angeles and has now landed in Phoenix for a one week engagement.
Louise Brooks, the 1920s silver screen sensation who never met a rule she didn’t break, epitomized the restless, reckless spirit of the Jazz Age. But, just a few years earlier, she was a 15-year-old student in Wichita, Kansas, for whom fame and fortune were only dreams. When the opportunity arises for her to go to New York to study with a leading dance troupe, her mother (Victoria Hill) insists there be a chaperone. Norma Carlisle (Elizabeth McGovern), a local society matron who never broke a rule in her life, impulsively volunteers to accompany Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) to New York for the summer.
Why does this utterly conventional woman do this? What happens to her when she lands in Manhattan with an unusually rebellious teenager as her ward? And, which of the two women is stronger, the uptight wife-and-mother or the irrepressible free spirit? It’s a story full of surprises; about who these women really are, and who they eventually become.
The Chaperone’s look and feel lends itself to an elegant period piece full of grand ambition and high society. Get yourself a spot of tea, kick your feet up and enjoy the trailer for The Chaperone.
Now in theaters, The Chaperone is rated PG-13.