The Boy Friend
The Broadway production was a great success and a personal triumph for Julie Andrews but it was not without its problems. It had been intended that the original London production would be reproduced as closely as possible and with that in mind Vida Hope was the original director. However along the way the production became “Americanised” and Cy Feuer took over the direction close to opening. The author Sandy Wilson felt that the whole tone of the production was coarsened for America and he details his side of the story in his autobiography “I Could Be Happy”. Cy Feuer presents a slightly different view of what happened in his book “I Got The Show Right Here” where he puts the blame for the trouble squarely at Sandy Wilson’s door. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle but it is interesting to read the two contrasting versions.
Cast & Crew
|Bobby van Husen||Bob Scheerer|
(credited as Dilys Lay)
|Lady Brockhurst||Moyna MacGill|
|Lord Brockhurst||Geoffrey Hibbert|
|Madame Dubonnet||Ruth Altman|
|Nancy (Replacement)||Berkley Marsh|
|Percival Browne||Eric Berry|
|Phillipe (Replacement)||John Perri|
|Polly Browne||Julie Andrews|
|Polly Browne (Replacement)||Jean Bayless
(credited as Jo Ann Bayless)
|Designer & Costumes||Reginald Woolley|
- Added by Michael Hope.
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