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Encyclopedia > The Boy Friend
The Boy Friend
Original Broadway Cast Album
Music Sandy Wilson
Lyrics Sandy Wilson
Book Sandy Wilson
Productions 1953 West End
1954 Broadway
1970 Broadway
1971 film
2005 North American Tour

The Boy Friend (sometimes mis-spelled The Boyfriend) is a musical by Sandy Wilson. The musical was written at a time when the United Kingdom was still recovering from the devastating effects of World War II and is set in the carefree world of the French Riviera in the Roaring 1920s, a similar period of peace and gradual recovery after the rigours of World War I. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Sandy Wilson (born May 19, 1924) is a British composer and lyricist, best known for his musical, The Boyfriend (1954). ... Sandy Wilson (born May 19, 1924) is a British composer and lyricist, best known for his musical, The Boyfriend (1954). ... Sandy Wilson (born May 19, 1924) is a British composer and lyricist, best known for his musical, The Boyfriend (1954). ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Sandy Wilson (born May 19, 1924) is a British composer and lyricist, best known for his musical, The Boyfriend (1954). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Quai des États-Unis in Nice on the French Riviera at night. ... The 1920s is sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ...


The Boy Friend is a comic pastiche of 1920s shows, with a relatively small cast. Its relatively low costs of production make it a popular choice for amateur and student groups. The word pastiche describes a literary or other artistic genre. ...


A sequel to the show entitled Divorce Me, Darling! ran for 91 performances at London's Globe Theatre in 1965, again written by Sandy Wilson. This article is about the Globe Theatre of Shakespeare (commonly known as Shakespeares Globe Theatre). ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ...

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Productions

London

The musical was first performed in London in 1953. It opened at the Players' Theatre Club on April 14 1953, and reopened in an expanded version on October 13. It transferred for a short season to the Embassy Theatre, Swiss Cottage and then opened at Wyndham's Theatre in the West End on 14 January 1954. The light, tuneful piece proved immensely popular with the British public and ran for more than five years, a total of 2,082 performances. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The history of the Players is a microcosm of British theatrical history, and many famous names have appeared on its stage. ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Wyndhams Theatre is a West End theatre, one of two opened by the actor/manager Charles Wyndham (cp Criterion Theatre). ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1995, on its 40th anniversary, the musical returned to The Players' Theatre in London in a new production that was as near a reproduction of the original as possible. It was directed by Maria Charles, who played the original Dulcie. The choreography was by Geoffrey Webb who was also in the original production. It was originally planned that the choreography would be done by Larry Drew, the original Bobby van Husen, but he died suddenly during the early planning stages of the production. Set design was by Disley Jones who was responsible for the hat designs in the original production. Among the cast were Gemma Page, Oliver Hickey, Sophie Louise Dann and John Rutland (in his original role as Lord Brockhurst). Following its success at the Players' it went on a nationwide tour and was very successful.


A production played in 2006 at the Open Air Theatre at Regent's Park, London. This also proved to be a highly acclaimed production, and was revived during the Open Air Theatre's 2007 season.


Broadway

The Boy Friend opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre on September 30, 1954 and closed on November 26, 1955 after 485 performances. Starring was newcomer Julie Andrews in her Broadway debut as Polly, with a cast including John Hewer, Geoffrey Hibbert, Dilys Laye, Bob Scheerer, Anne Wakefield, Millicent Martin, and Moyna MacGill (some of whom had earlier and present connections with The Players' Theatre in London). Andrews received the Theatre World Award. For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... The Royale Theatre is located on 45th Street in Manhattans Theatre District. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells[1] on 1 October 1935[2]) is an award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. ... John Hewer (born on 13 January 1922 in Leyton, UK) is a British actor. ... Dilys Laye (born March 11, 1934) is a British actress. ... Robert Scheerer (born December 28, 1929 in Santa Barbara, California, USA) is an American film and television director, actor and producer. ... Millicent Mary Lillian Martin (born 8 June 1934) is an English actress, singer and comedienne. ... MacGill in 1964s My Fair Lady Moyna MacGill (October 10, 1895 Belfast, Ireland - November 25, 1975 Los Angeles, CA) was a stage and motion-pictures actress. ... The Theatre World Award is an American honor given annually to an actor or an actress in recognition of an outstanding breakout performance in their New York City stage debut. ...


Andrews was "discovered" by My Fair Lady producers during her appearance in this play, prompting her casting in the lead in that production, and catapulting her to Broadway fame (and beyond) in the following years.


A revival opened on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre on April 14, 1970, and ran for 111 performances. Starring were Judy Carne as Polly, Sandy Duncan as Maisie and Ronald Young as Tony. Duncan received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance as well as a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... The Ambassador Theatre is located at the top of OConnell Street in Dublin. ... Judy Carne (born Joyce Botterill on April 27, 1939 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England) is an actress and may be best remembered for her introducing the phrase Sock it to me! while a regular on Laugh-In. ... Sandra Kay Sandy Duncan (born February 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress of stage and television. ... Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ...


National Tour

Hortense holds the packages as Maisie, Fay, Dulcie and Nancy surround her

In 2005, Julie Andrews directed a revival of the show at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, starring Jessica Grové as Polly Browne and Sean Palmer as Tony Brockhurst. The production toured the United States and Canada, playing in cities including Chicago, Boston and Toronto during 2005-06. Image File history File linksMetadata Julie_andrews_boyfriend. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Julie_andrews_boyfriend. ... In 1959 an organization, the Goodspeed Musicals, was formed to restore the old Goodspeed Opera House, located in East Haddam, Connecticut, to its original Victorian appearance and elegance. ... East Haddam is a town located in Middlesex County, Connecticut. ... Sean Palmer has been confirmed to play Eric in the upcoming stage version of The Little Mermaid, beggining in late 2007. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Boston redirects here. ...


The revival included costume and scenic design by Tony Walton, as well as choreography by John DeLuca. Changes in the revival included new orchestrations and design. The show was performed in two acts, instead of three. The song "Safety in Numbers" was moved from the scene on the beach to the Carnival Ball. Tony Walton (born Anthony John Walton, 24 October 1934) is an English Oscar, Tony and Emmy-winning set and costume designer. ... Look up Choreography in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Plot

In the Villa Caprice, or Madame Dubonnet's School for Young Ladies, Maisie and the girls live with the maid, Hortense, and Mme. Dubonnet. Hortense orders a costume for "a Miss Polly Browne" and Maisie and the other girls (Dulcie, Nancy, and Fay) sing the sarcastic "Perfect Young Ladies" with Hortense. Polly arrives and tells everyone about her made-up boy friend who is "motoring down from Paris" to meet her for the upcoming carnival ball, and sings about "The Boy Friend". Later, Bobby surprises Maisie and they dance to "Won't You Charleston With Me?"


Polly's widowed father, Percy, then arrives at the school to discover that the headmistress is an old flame of his. They sing "Fancy Forgetting" to rekindle the spark. Polly, though a millionaire's daughter, feels left out because she is the only one of her set who does not have a boyfriend, and she needs a partner for the fancy dress ball. However, when the errand boy, Tony, arrives to deliver her Pierrette costume, they are immediately attracted to each other, and sing "I Could Be Happy With You." Later, they meet at the beach (after the chorus number "Sur La Plage") and sing about "A Room in Bloomsbury". they then kiss and decide to meet at the ball. Meanwhile, meetings transpire between the comically flirtatious Lord Brockhurst and the rigidly mannered Percival Browne, as well as Lord Brockhurst's pestilent wife Lady Brockhurst. Percival Browne and Dubonnet then sing "The 'You-Don't-Want-To-Play-With-Me' Blues". A costume party (also referred to as fancy dress party in the United Kingdom) is a type of party where the guests dress up in a costume. ... Bloomsbury may refer to: Bloomsbury, London, an area in the centre of the city the Bloomsbury group, an English literary group active around from around 1905 to the start of World War II. the Bloomsbury Gang, a political grouping centred on the local landowner, John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford...


When Polly goes to meet her new boyfriend on the promenade, Tony's parents--Lord and Lady Brockhurst, who are passing by--recognize him; when he runs off, it is assumed that he is a thief. The act ends on a sad note.


At the ball, Bobby and the three boys propose to Maisie and the three girls, but the girls reply in unison that "we'll let you know at midnight" and everyone dances to "The Riviera". And with a catchy tune, Lord Brockhurst sings "It's Never Too Late To Fall In Love" with the flirty Dulcie, after which Lady Brockhurst catches him. Polly, still depressed, talks to Mme. Dubonnet, and they sing "Poor Little Pierrette". Tony later arrives at the ball and takes Polly by surprise. He asks "May I have this dance, Pierrette?" to which Polly replies, "I'm afraid I can't dance with a stranger." He then kisses her to remind her. Polly and Tony forgive each other and find out that Percy and Mme. Dubonnet are getting married. The clock strikes midnight, and the girls unanimously say yes to the boys' proposals! The last scene has everyone dancing as soon as Bobby, with the last spoken line in the play, asks "So how about that Charleston?" The show ends with a reprise of "The Boy Friend" and "I Could Be Happy With You."


Songs

Act I
  • Perfect Young Ladies - Hortense, Maisie, Dulcie, Fay, Nancy, Ensemble
  • The Boy Friend - Polly, Dulcie, Maisie, Fay, Nancy, Marcel, Pierre, Alphonse, Ensemble
  • Won't You Charleston With Me? - Bobby, Maisie
  • Fancy Forgetting - Madame Dubonnet, Percival
  • I Could Be Happy With You - Polly, Tony
  • Finale Act 1 - Emsemble
Act II
  • Sur La Plage - Dulcie, Nancy, Ensemble
  • A Room In Bloomsbury - Tony, Polly
  • Nicer In Nice - Hortense ensemble
  • The You-Don't-Want-To-Play-With-Me Blues - Madame Dubonnet, Percival
  • Safety In Numbers - Maisie, Bobby, Marcel, Alphonse, Pierre
  • I Could Be Happy With You (Reprise) - Polly, Tony
  • Finale Act 2 - ALL
Act III
  • The Riviera - Bobby, Maisie, Dulcie, Fay, Nancy, Marcel, Alphonse, Pierre, Ensemble
  • It's Never Too Late To Fall In Love - Lord Brockhurst, Dulcie
  • Carnival Tango- Tango Dancers
  • Poor Little Pierrette - Madame Dubonnet, Polly
  • Finale Act 3 - ALL

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Film version

The Boy Friend
Directed by Ken Russell
Produced by Ken Russell
Harry Benn
Written by Ken Russell
Sandy Wilson (musical)
Starring Twiggy
Christopher Gable
Music by Peter Maxwell Davies
Cinematography David Watkin
Editing by Michael Bradsell
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) December 16, 1971
Running time 137 mins.
Language English

Ken Russell's 1971 film version of the show, starring Twiggy and Christopher Gable, was an alternative interpretation, weaving the basic plot into a more complicated story in which a seaside dramatic company, performing the show, are visited by a film producer on the very night that the leading lady (Glenda Jackson) has to be replaced by her shy understudy Polly Browne (Twiggy Lawson). It also contained references to numerous other Busby Berkeley and MGM movie musicals of the 1930s. The National Board of Review voted Ken Russell best director for the film, but it did not make a significant impact on the American box-office. The film has not yet been released to DVD but is scheduled to be included in a Russell compilation scheduled for Spring 2008. Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell, known as Ken Russell (born July 3, 1927), is an iconoclastic English film director, particularly well-known for his films about famous composers and his controversial, often outrageous pioneering work in film. ... Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell, known as Ken Russell (born July 3, 1927), is an iconoclastic English film director, particularly well-known for his films about famous composers and his controversial, often outrageous pioneering work in film. ... Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell, known as Ken Russell (born July 3, 1927), is an iconoclastic English film director, particularly well-known for his films about famous composers and his controversial, often outrageous pioneering work in film. ... Sandy Wilson (born May 19, 1924) is a British composer and lyricist, best known for his musical, The Boyfriend (1954). ... This article is about the English supermodel. ... Christopher Gable (March 13, 1940 - October 25, 1998) was a British dancer and actor. ... Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, CBE (b. ... David Watkin (March 23, 1925, Margate, UK - ) is an influential British cinematographer who was among the first directors of photography to experiment heavily with the usage of bounce light as a soft light source. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell, known as Ken Russell (born July 3, 1927), is an iconoclastic English film director, particularly well-known for his films about famous composers and his controversial, often outrageous pioneering work in film. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the English supermodel. ... Christopher Gable (March 13, 1940 - October 25, 1998) was a British dancer and actor. ... Glenda Jackson Glenda May Jackson, CBE, (born 9 May 1936) is a two-time Academy Award-winning British actress and politician, currently Labour Member of Parliament for the constituency of Hampstead and Highgate in the London Borough of Camden. ... Kaleidoscopic Choreography from Footlight Parade, 1933 Busby Berkeley (November 29, 1895 – March 14, 1976), born William Berkeley Enos in Los Angeles, California, was a highly influential Hollywood movie director and musical choreographer. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the World Depression. ...


Wilson's original score was freely adapted and augmented by Peter Maxwell Davies for the film. Davies subsequently prepared (and recorded) a concert suite based on the music. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, CBE (b. ...


There is a well known continuity error at the end of the film. The closing scene was filmed beside the real stage door of the Theatre Royal, Southsea (often erroneously referred to as the Theatre Royal, Portsmouth). This is located in a narrow side street marked off with yellow "No Waiting" lines. For the filming, these lines were very badly painted over with black paint leaving easily recognisable marks on the road.


References

  • Gänzl, Kurt (1997). The Musical: a Concise History. Boston: Northeastern University Press. 

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