Set in the carefree world of the French Riviera in the Roaring Twenties, The Boy Friend is a comic pastiche of 1920s shows. This romantic spoof features English heiress, Polly, who is longing for only one thing: a boy friend. Polly’s father, convinced that any boy who isn’t wealthy will court her strictly for the money, forbids her to engage any potential suitors. Honoring his wishes, Polly explains to Tony, the messenger boy with whom she’s fallen in love, that she is no rich girl. This is just the tip of the iceberg, as love finds its way charmingly through nearly every character.
Written by Sandy Wilson, the show was originally produced in London’s West End in 1953 and ran for 2,078 performances. It then opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre in 1954. Starring in the American production was newcomer Julie Andrews in her Broadway debut as Polly. In 2003, Julie Andrews made her directorial debut with a production of The Boy Friend off-broadway.