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The Boy Friend
a Musical Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA MUSICAL
by Sandy Wilson

COMPANY : ACT1 [WEBSITE]
VENUE : ACT1 Theater [WEBSITE]
ID# 2840

SHOWING : July 25, 2008 - August 16, 2008

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The Jazz Age lives on in this light, romantic spoof of 1920's musical comedy.

The setting is – where else? – the French Riviera. Polly, an English heiress attending Mme. Dubonnet's Finishing School, falls in love with Tony, a delivery boy. Recalling her father's warning to beware fortune seekers, she posses as a working girl, unaware Tony is in fact the missing son of the wealthy Lord Brockhurst. Things get complicated with the unexpected arrival in Nice of Polly's parents and Lord and Lady Brockhurst – but not to worry, a happy ending is in store for all.

The show's many memorable roles include the flirtatious Mme. Dubonnet, her boy-crazy students and Polly (the role which turned Julie Andrews into an overnight sensation), making it ideal for theatre groups with a strong female ensemble. With its catchy tunes, period dances (including the inevitable Charleston) and winning sense of humor, “The Boy Friend” is a sparkling, tongue-in-cheek 1920's romp in the spirit of “No, No, Nanette.”


CAST & CREW LIST
Producer Lisa Matchen
Director Anne Voller
Set Designer Gayley Crockett
Costume Manager Suzanne Heiser
Choreographer/Stage Manager Pam Hines
Stage Manager Pam Hines
Lighting/Sound Designer Murray Mann
Set Designer Rich Vandever
Lord Brockhurst Jorge Casales
Polly Browne Victoria Coe
Nancy Elizabeth Coe
Fay Adi Coe
Francois Richard Coe
Madame Dubonnet Jennifer Hartshorn
Bobby Van Husen Jonathan Jewell
Fifi Elena Matchen
Lolita Lisa Matchen
Marcel Matthew McClure
Hortense Sarah McClure
Lady Brockhurst Patti McDaniel
Pepe, Waiter, Gendarme Doug Mills
Alphonse Alek Pike
Pierre Jordan Prince
Maisie Stacey Serowitz
Percival Browne Tom Strong
Dulcie Stephanie N Ward
Tony Brian Webber
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REVIEWS

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The Boy Friend
by Bill Mann
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
4.0
"The Boy Friend" will not have you on the edge of your seat and hanging on every word. "The Boy Friend" will have you relaxing and enjoying the efforts of a very good cast. The voices are very good but the dancing is wonderful. I am a expert at knowing how NOT to dance and that makes me a expert at watching and enjoying talented people doing what I never could. This is not high drama it is what it is meant to be, a evening of good clean healthy fun for the entire family. Remove the kids from in front of the TV or their video games and have a family treat at ACT1,hurry it won't last forever. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
"DO DO" see THE BOY FRIEND
by TheatreMeter2000
Monday, August 4, 2008
5.0
Campy, classic musical theatre. Boy meets girl...fall in love in 2.2 seconds. But, boy is in disguise as a poor boy when in fact he is a rich fella looking for someone to capture his heart...not his money. And...surprise...the girl just happens to be rich herself. Shakespeare it is not...nor does it try to be.

Act1's cast, comprised mostly of young up and coming performers, leaves you with a smile on your face, even when a dated script cannot.

Victoria Coe is a stunning beauty as Polly Browne. This young actress has great potential and a face made for the movies.

Brian Webber dances effortlessly as Tony and Stacey Serowitz glides across the stage as Maisie.

Comedy standout Sarah McClure brings life to Sandy Wilson's material as Hortense and Matthew McClure (related?) beams and makes the small ensemble role of Marcel take the spotlight more than once with a huge smile and strong voice. These two alone are worth the trip to Alpharetta.

Tongue-in-cheek and light hearted. Check it out for carefree entertainment. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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