2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated G
Original Broadway Version (1954)
An heiress's quest to land a boyfriend is the heart of this 1920's jazz-inspired spoof.
The Jazz Age lives on in The Boy Friend a light romantic spoof of 1920’s musical comedy. Written in the fifties as “a new musical of the twenties,” this is still considered the most successful, and witty of the send-up musicals.
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 love, The Boy Friend has a catchy score and opportunities for complex dance numbers. With 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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With the opening of Miss Saigon, producer Cameron Mackintosh had four productions playing on Broadway simultaneously (the other three being Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables).