Two Acts, Book Musical, Rated G
Original Broadway Version (1954)
One of the most delightful musicals of the 20th century, THE BOY FRIEND is stitched indelibly into the fabric of musical theatre history and is a glowing representation of its Golden Age.
Set against the backdrop of the French Riviera, this romantic spoof of 1920's musical comedies tells the story of English heiress, Polly, who is longing for only one thing: a boyfriend. Polly's father, convinced any boy who isn't wealthy will court Polly strictly for her financial situation, forbids her to engage any potential suitors. Honoring his wishes, Polly explains to Tony, the messenger boy with whom she's fallen in love, that she is no rich girl. This is just the tip of the mistaken identity iceberg as love proceeds to charmingly find its way through nearly every member of the cast and bring them all to a happy ending.
THE BOY FRIEND is an essential Golden Age musical. Filled to the brim with tongue-in-cheek moments both parents and grandparents will find hysterical, THE BOY FRIEND has a catchy score and opportunities for complex dance numbers. Containing a fair amount of featured actor/actress roles, it's also an unforgettable chance to showcase a comedic and cheery talent pool.
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Although Dean Jones originally starred in Company, he left the run early and his replacement Larry Kert was nominated for the TonyŽ Award as "Best Actor in a Musical."