The Boy Friend
A Broadway Musical
A diverse cast of 30 teenage students of dance, voice and drama will present Sandy Wilson's musical spoof The Boy Friend, August 5, 6 and 7 at the Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts in North Minneapolis. This witty play, set in the French Riviera, presents a rollicking review of courtship in the Roaring 20's, with amusing characters, mistaken identities, catchy tunes and up-beat dance numbers, including the memorable "Won't You Charleston With Me?"
The production is directed and choreographed by Chrissy Fournier, who danced for Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins on Broadway and more recently has been involved in musical productions in the Twin Cities, including assistant director of Urinetown at the Jungle Theatre. The Boy Friend will also feature local performer Herbert Johnson III, a Lundstrum Center alum who is also a well-known dancer and choreographer appearing most recently in the Ordway's production of A Chorus Line in February 2016.
The Boy Friend was first performed in 1953 and ran for 2,567 performances in London and New York over a five year period. Newcomer Julie Andrews debuted in the Broadway production--her stepping stone to stardom in My Fair Lady. In 1971, The Boy Friend became a Golden Globe Award-winning movie starring Twiggy and Tommy Tune.