Julie Andrews' The Boy Friend Will Likely Not See New York Until Spring 2004

News   Julie Andrews' The Boy Friend Will Likely Not See New York Until Spring 2004
Julie Andrews' directorial vision of The Boy Friend, which ended its life at the Bay Street Theatre of Sag Harbor, Long Island, on Aug. 31 after drawing a lot of attention from Manhattan producers, will not see a New York transfer until spring 2004 at the earliest.

Bay Street's co-artistic director Sybil Christopher told Playbill On-Line that Andrews is currently filming a sequel to "The Princess Diaries" and will not be available to remount the show until March 2004. She said late spring remained a possible launch time, but that the 2004-05 season was a more likely prospect.

Christopher cautioned that nothing definite has been settled. "The bottom line is there is lots of interest from many people in New York," she said. "We are keeping our fingers crossed. The general feeling [about the production] is it's such a joyful couple of hours in this time of stress. Happiness is the operative word." Christopher said that creator Sandy Wilson attended a performance and gave it his stamp of approval.

Andrews made her Broadway debut in the original 1954 production of the Sandy Wilson musical. Meredith Patterson played Andrews' role (Polly) with Sean Palmer as her star-struck love interest. Veanne Cox portrayed the French maid, Byron Jennings was a proper Englishman, Nancy Hess was Madame Dubonnet, Tony Roberts was the lecherous Lord and Delphi Harrington played his aristocratic wife.

The company also included Paul Alexander, Justin Bohon, Joyce Chittick, Andrea Chamberlain, Jenny Fellner, Rick Faugno, Mark Price, Annie Ramsey and Neal Shrader.

The creative team for the musical included Larry Grossman (musical direction), John DeLuca (choreography), Tony Walton (sets), Walton and Rachel Gruer (costumes) and Eric Schlobohm (lights). The production marks Andrews' debut as a director. Bay Street is run, with Sybyl Christopher, by Emma Walton, Andrews' daughter. Set designer and Andrews ex Tony Walton is Emma's father.

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