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The musical's original London production ran for 2, performances, making it briefly the third-longest running musical in West End or Broadway history after Chu Chin Chow and Oklahoma! This musical marked Julie Andrews ' American stage debut. Its relatively small cast and low cost of production makes it a continuing popular choice for amateur and student groups.
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It is sometimes revived as a "double bill" with The Boy Friend. The original score and manuscripts for the script and lyrics can be found in Wilson's archive at the Harry Ransom Center. The musical was first performed in London in It opened at the Players' Theatre Club on April 14,and reopened in an expanded version on October Choreography was by John Heawood. The principal role of Polly Browne was to have been played by Diana Maddox, who fell sick on the afternoon of the final dress rehearsal.
Anne Rogers at that point playing a minor role volunteered to take over, having learnt the role on her own. The show opened the following evening and made an overnight star of Rogers, who stayed with the production through its expanded versions to the triumphant West End first night at Wyndham's.
It closed on 12th October after performances. Inon its 40th anniversary, the musical returned to The Players' Theatre in London in a new production that was as near a reproduction of the original as possible.
It was directed by Maria Charleswho had played the original Dulcie. The choreography was by Geoffrey Webb who was also in the original production. It was originally planned that the choreography would be Fancy Forgetting - Various - The Boy Friend by Larry Drew, the original Bobby van Husen, but he died suddenly during the early planning stages of the production.
Set design was by Disley Jones who was responsible for the hat designs in the original production. Following its success at the Players' it went on a nationwide tour and was very successful. This also proved to be acclaimed, and was revived during the Open Air Theatre's season. Rehearsals took place over a hour period immediately prior to the performance on Sunday 8 May, and all proceeds went to The Prince's Foundation for Children and The Arts. Some of them had connections with The Players' Theatre in London, but only Wakefield had appeared in the show's London production in Fancy Forgetting - Various - The Boy Friend very first run at the Players'.
Cooke Fancy Forgetting - Various - The Boy Friend s-style arrangements. My Fair Lady producers saw her in this piece, prompting her casting in the lead in that production, which led to her wider fame on Broadway and beyond in the following years. A revival directed by Gus Schirmer opened on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre on April 14,and ran for performances. The show was performed in two acts, instead of three, and the song "Safety in Numbers" was moved from the scene on the beach to the Carnival Ball.
Polly arrives and tells everyone about her made-up boy friend who is "motoring down from Paris" to meet her for the upcoming carnival ball, and sings about "The Boy Friend".
Polly's widowed father, Percy, then arrives at the school to discover that the headmistress, Mme Dubonnet, is an old flame of his. They sing "Fancy Forgetting" to rekindle the spark. Polly, though a millionaire's daughter, feels left out because she is the only one of her friends who does not have a boyfriend and she needs a partner for the fancy dress ball.
The curtain opens with the chorus number "Sur la Plage". After this dance number, Polly and Tony meet at the beach and Polly lies that she is not rich to fit in with Tony. They Gunfight Helicopters - Psykokondriak - Gloomy Days about their future lives together in "A Room in Bloomsbury. Polly begs Hortense to keep her secret and Hortense agrees. Lord Brockhurst's domineering wife Lady Brockhurst is also introduced.
When Polly goes to meet Tony on the promenade, Lord and Lady Brockhurst, who are passing by, Fancy Forgetting - Various - The Boy Friend him. When he runs off, everyone else assumes that he is a thief.
The act ends with a reprise of "I Could be Happy with You" sung by Polly and the other characters on a sad note. At the ball, Bobby and the three boys propose to Maisie and the three girls, but the girls reply in unison that "we'll let you know at midnight" and everyone dances to "The Riviera". After everyone has left, Tony and Hortense run into each other. Hortense scolds Tony and tells him to meet Polly at the ball because she loves him as much as he loves her.
At the Carnival ball, Polly is sad that Tony is not there and she is thinking about leaving. Tony later arrives at the ball and takes Polly by surprise. He asks "May I have this dance, Pierrette?
He then kisses her to remind her that it is he. When Fancy Forgetting - Various - The Boy Friend removes his mask, Lord and Lady Brockhurst run to him, exclaiming they found their son at last. Polly and the others discover that Tony is really the son of the rich Lord and Lady Brockhurst, and he had left home to try to make his own way in the world.
Polly tells Tony that she is actually rich as well, and Percy and Fancy Forgetting - Various - The Boy Friend Dubonnet announce that they are getting married. The clock strikes midnight, and the girls unanimously say yes to the boys' proposals. The last scene has everyone dancing as soon as Bobby, with the last spoken line in the play, asks "So how about that dance?
Ken Russell 's film version of the show, starring Twiggy and Christopher Gablewas an alternative interpretation, weaving the basic plot into a more complicated story in which a seaside dramatic company performing the show, is visited by an influential film producer Vladek Sheybal on the very night that the leading lady Glenda Jackson has to be replaced by the assistant stage manager Polly Browne Twiggy. The disc is remastered and is the minute version. Wilson's original score was freely adapted and augmented by Peter Maxwell Davies for the film.
Davies subsequently prepared and recorded a concert Fancy Forgetting - Various - The Boy Friend based on the music.
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