THE BOY FRIEND
Book, Lyrics and Music by Sandy Wilson
Produced at Wyndham's Theatre, London, January 14, 1954 (2084 perfs)
Royale Theatre, New York - September 30, 1954 (485 perfs)
Madame Dubonnet's finishing school, near Nice, could exist only in musical comedy. The charming young pupils burst into song at the least provocation, and forbidden boy friends are forever popping through the french windows to make up the numbers. Polly Browne is too rich to be allowed a boy friend. Tony, for whom she falls, turns out to be the Hon. Tony Brockhurst, which is very lucky, because Polly thought he was just a delivery boy. Written in the fifties as "a new musical of the twenties", this is still the most successful, tuneful and witty of the send-up musicals, which ape the style of earlier, lighter-hearted and more disarming days.
For the Chorus
Originally intended for a small cast (half a dozen pupils, boy friends to match, and a handful of extras), it can be, and frequently has been, expanded very considerably without showing the slightest strain. Set firmly in Boop-a-Doop country the music makes an instant appeal to performers and audiences alike with attractive syncopations and a modicum of part singing. The chorus appear as pupils, boy friends and guests at a fancy-dress ball.
Polly Browne, Maisie, Dulcie, Fay and Nancy, pupils.
Hortense, her maid.
Tony, Bobby, Marcel, Pierre and Alphonse, boy friends.
Percival Browne, Polly's father
Lord Brockhurst, Tony's father
Drawing-room of the finishing school.
Terrasse of the Café Patoplon
(One full-stage set for each Act, with an interval change)
Perfect Young Ladies - Chorus of Girls with solo Hortense
The Boy Friend - Ensemble
Won't You Charleston? - Bobbie and Maisie
Fancy Forgetting - Mme Dubonnet and Percival
I Could be Happy with You. - Tony and Polly
Sur La Plage - Ensemble
A Room in Bloomsbury. - Tony and Polly
It's Nicer in Nice - Hortense and Ensemble
The "You-don't-want-to-play-with-me" Blues - Mme Dubonnet and Percival
Safety In Numbers - Maisie and Boys
The Riviera - Bobby, Maisie and chorus
It's Never Too Late to Fall in Love - Lord Brockhurst and Dulcie
Poor Little Pierrette - Mme Dubonnet and Polly
1st and 2nd Violins, Cello, Double Bass, 1st and 2nd Clarinets doubling Alto Sax, 3rd and 4th Clarinets doubling Tenor Sax, 2 Trumpets, 1st and 2nd Trombones, Percussion, Guitar doubling Banjo