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Director                           E. Gloria Smith

Choreographer             Geninne Menzies

Musical Director          Elizabeth Cooper

The Jazz Age lives on in Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend, a light romantic spoof of 1920s 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 1920s musical comedies tells the story of English heiress, Polly, who is longing for only one thing: a boy friend. Polly’s father, convinced that any boy who isn’t wealthy will court Polly strictly for her financial situation, forbids her to engage any potential suitors. Honouring 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 find its way charmingly 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 that 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.

The Cast List of Principal roles was as follows:

Hortense (A French Maid)  Sadie Reed

Maisie                                      Polly Horne

Dulcie                                      Geninne Menzies

Fay                                           Emily Horne

Nancy                                      Norma Davis

Polly Browne                         Karen Young

Marcel                                     Daniel Heap

Pierre                                      Hok Pang

Alphonse                                Garry Vaux

Madame Dunonnet              Lesley Young

Bobby Van Husen                 Steve Nottage

Percival Browne                    Iain Cannell

Tony                                        Dan Lipscombe

Lord Brockhurst                   Alan Young

Lady Brockhurst                  E. Gloria Smith

Gendarme                             Graham Fisher

Pepe                                        Steve Nottage

Lolita                                      Geninne Menzies