Musical Comedy The Boy Friend, Directed by Julie Andrews
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The last date listed for The Boy Friend was Sunday January 1, 2006 / 7:30pm.
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Directed by Academy Award and Emmy Award-winner Julie Andrews, Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend comes to the Orange County Performing Arts Center. This will be the production’s West Coast debut.
Having made its Broadway debut in 1954 with Andrews as its star, The Boy Friend is a loving spoof of 1920s musical comedies. Amidst happy flappers and perfect young ladies, romance blooms on the French Riviera as an English heiress suddenly falls for the delivery boy. This delightful comedy sparkles and will leave you floating on air. It is something the whole family will enjoy.
The Boy Friend has book, music and lyrics by Sandy Wilson. His songs were featured in Broadway’s The American Dance Machine, while his other credits include London’s The Buccaneer, Valmouth, Call It Love, Divorce Me, Darling! and Aladdin.
Most recognized for her role as Maria in the film The Sound of Music and the title role in Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews made her Broadway debut as Polly Browne in The Boy Friend. She originally created this version of The Boy Friend for the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York in August 2003.
Choreography is by John DeLuca, who is known for Broadway’s Minnelli on Minnelli, Chita and All That Jazz featuring Chita Rivera and the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night.
Jessica Grove will perform the role of Polly Browne in the national tour. She has also been seen in Broadway’s Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Miserables and received a Jefferson nomination for her role as Dorothy in Radio City Entertainment’s The Wizard of Oz.
The role of Tony, the delivery boy who captures the young heiress’ heart, will be portrayed by Sean Palmer. He was seen on Broadway in Saturday Night Fever, Fosse and Dream.
Bethe Austin will play Hortense. Austin won a Barrymore Award for Best Supporting Actress as Katy in Texas Flyer. The role of Percival Browne will be portrayed by Paul Carlin and Andrea Chamberlain will perform the role of Maisie. Chamberlain’s credits include Broadway’s revival of Little Me.
Drew Eshelman will play Lord Brockhurst. His credits include Broadway’s Les Miserables, along with its first national tour. Lady Brockhurst will be portrayed by Darcy Pulliam. Her credits include the Broadway revival of Show Boat and Anna Karenina.
The role of Bobby Van Husen will be performed by Rick Faugno, who is known for Broadway’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Wonderful Town, Conversations with My Father and The Will Rogers Follies.
Nancy Hess will portray Madame Dubonnet. Her Broadway credits include Chicago, Company, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Goodbye Girl, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway and Me and My Girl.
The cast of 18 also includes Andrew Briedis, Scott Barnhardt (Broadway revival of Big River), Jordan Cable (Broadway revival of Wonderful Town), Margot de La Barre, Pamela Otterson, Krysta Rodriguez (Broadway’s Good Vibrations), Eric Daniel Santagata, Tom Souhrada, and Kirsten Wyatt (Broadway’s Urinetown and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown).
Mike Frankey and Marissa Joy Ganz are credited as swings for this production.
Scenic and costume design is by Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award-winning designer Tony Walton. His many Broadway credits include the recent revivals of Our Town, I’m Not Rappaport, The Man Who Came to Dinner and Annie Get Your Gun. Kelly Hanson is associate scenic designer and Rachel Navarro is co-costume designer. Lighting was co-designed by Richard Pilbrow and Dawn Chiang. Pilbrow also designed lights for Broadway’s Our Town (revival), The Life, Show Boat (revival) and Tango Passion. Chiang’s credits include Broadway’s The Life, Show Boat (revival), Tango Passion and La Cage aux Folles.
Producing music director for the national tour of _The Boy Friend _is Michael O’Flaherty, Goodspeed Musicals’ resident music director. F. Wade Russo, whose credits include Broadway’s By Jeeves, is music director/conductor. Gregory M. Brown is assistant music director, with orchestrations by Dan DeLange.
The Boy Friend_ began July 8, 2005 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut and is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.