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THE BOY FRIEND

Book, Music and Lyrics by SANDY WILSON
First opened on Broadway September 30, 1954 at the Royale Theatre
 

Plot Synopsis

In April 1953 a modest little production opened at the Players Theatre in London - THE BOY FRIEND. Written by Sandy Wilson, a performer and author who carried his Oxford college-boy enthusiasm into the field of the little theatre circuit, it became a cult success and ran for nine months. The show was then transferred to the famous Wyndham's Theatre where it ran for an unprecedented 2,078 performances. 

Now an unqualified success, the producers brought the show with many members of its London run in New York, where it opened on September 30, 1954 and ran for 485 performances. One asset of the imported show was the leading lady, Polly Browne, portrayed by a certain Julie Andrews who immediately following the run went on to play Eliza Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY.

MGM studios purchased the film rights to the show, but they denied filming until "enfant terrible" Ken Russel tackled (some would say, ruined) it in 1971. Using the fashion model, Twiggy, as his Polly - a triple threat since she could not sing, dance or act - he set the musical within the framework of a second-rate repertory company putting on a matinee of the show itself. This allowed Russell to indulge in his usual flamboyant crassitude by having both performers and viewers see production numbers done a la Rogers-Astaire, atop silver-glittered bi-planes et al. But success it was, with Twiggy as a surprisingly charming Polly.

New York revivals of the show followed in 1958 and 1970 with Sandy Duncan as Maisie and Judy Carne as Polly, but were not the success anticipated. Who knows, perhaps the age of innocence had passed as far as Broadway was concerned, or the revivals failed to capture the light-spirited essence of the show (Wilson is reported to having been appalled at the Americanized camp of the revivals). 

Today, however, THE BOY FRIEND is a favourite with musical companies and dinner theatres, where its light innocence guarantees a delightful evening's entertainment. There is no profanity, no violence, no nudity, nor even a message; other than the oft-clichid, but nevertheless true, aphorism that love will conquer all.

 

Cast of Characters (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST)

 

Polly Julie Andrews
Tony John Hewer
Phillipe Jimmy Alex
Madame Dubonnet Ruth Altman
Percival Browne Eric Berry

Songs from the Show - Act One

OVERTURE  
PERFECT YOUNG LADIES  
THE BOY FRIEND  
WON'T YOU CHARLESTON WITH ME  
FANCY FORGETTING  
I COULD BE HAPPY WITH YOU  
FINALE   

Songs from the Show - Act Two

ENTR'ACTE  
SUR LA PLAGE  
A ROOM IN BLOOMSBURY  
IT'S NICER IN NICE  
YOU DON'T WANT TO PLAY WITH ME BLUES  
SAFETY IN NUMBERS  
FINALE   

Songs from the Show - Act Three

ENTR'ACTE  
THE RIVIERA  
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO FALL IN LOVE  
POOR LITTLE PIERRETTE  
FINALE  

 

1981-1982 Production

Presented March 5, 6, 8-13, 1982 at the High School of Commerce, Ottawa, Ontario 

Production Team

Production Coordinator Marylin Day
Director Richard Elichuk
Musical Director Drummond Hudson
Choreographer Valerie Van Veen
Set Designer Eoin McManus
Costume Designer Raymond Whitney
Lighting Designer Margaret Coderre-Williams
Assistant Director Barry Bielby
Accompanist Lorna Rice
Dance Captain Bob Riddell
Wardrobe Master David L. Roop
Workshop Chairman Malvary J. Cole
Master Carpenter Alf Davies
Sound Bill Butterworth
Properties Wayne Nolan
Stage Manager David Magladry
Assistant Stage Manager Faye Lavell
Prompter Fran Smith
Make-up Billie Langrty
Hair Stylist Mandie McConnell
Photographer Chris Terry
Publicity Director Richard Elichuk
Programme Director Ann Marie Snell
House Manager (Commerce) David Hayes
House Manager (Orpheus) Art Whitehead
Tickets Sheila Shields
Social Director Art Whitehead

Cast

Hortense Sharron McGuirl
Maisie Gail Bowers
Dulcie E. Lana Nakonechny
Fay Susie Bregg
Nancy Gwen Dobie
Polly Browne Barbara Seabright
Marcel Rob Schock
Pierre Brad Smith
Alphonse Deny Mailhot
Bobby Van Husen Bob Riddell
Madame Dubonnet Judy Kropp
Percival Browne Paul Baker
Tony Michael Gareau
Lord Brockhurst Barry Bielby
Lady Brockhurst Sheila Shields
Gendarme and Waiter Kim Dix
Vendor Wayne Nolan 

Orchestra

Under the direction of Drummond Hudson

Flute Charles Hendricks
Saxophone John Hilchie, Dave Ward, Mike Scorah
Trumpet Sid Holmes
Trombone Richard Clark
Piano Lorna Rice
Guitar Frank Koller
Bass Michel DesMarchais
Percussion Niels Lund

 

Links to Related Sites

Internet Broadway Database: The Boy Friend (The Musical)