Musicals Tonight! Mounting of The Boy Friend Presented Sept. 25-Oct. 7

News   Musicals Tonight! Mounting of The Boy Friend Presented Sept. 25-Oct. 7 The new season of Musicals Tonight!, which is produced by Mel Miller, kicks off Sept. 25 with The Boy Friend at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.

Directed by Thomas Sabella-Mills with musical direction by David Bishop, the musical will play through Oct. 7. The cast comprises Kathryn Holtkamp, Esther David, Jeremy Michael, Lauren Ruff, Marnie Buckner, Alice Ann Robinson, Sarah Sawyer, Stephen Stubbins, Ian Laskowski, Drew Pournelle, Stefen Basti, Dan Debenport, John O'Creagh, SuEllen Estey and Jacque Carnahan.

The Boy Friend features a score and book by Sandy Wilson. The musical, which ran for six years in London before arriving in New York with a cast led by Julie Andrews, includes such songs as "It's Never Too Late to Fall in Love," "Won't You Charleston With Me?," "I Could Be Happy With You," "Fancy Forgetting" and "Poor Little Pirette."

The musical, according to press notes, is described as such: "Heiress Polly Browne (Kathryn Holtkamp) is the only girl at Mme Dubonnet's (Esther David) finishing school who doesn't have a boy friend. With the Riviera Ball looming, she meets messenger boy Tony (Jeremy Michael) and a romance blossoms. Love triumphs in spite of mistaken identity. Along the way, schoolmates Dulcie (Lauren Ruff), Maisie (Marnie Buckner), Fay (Alice Ann Robinson) and Nancy (Sarah Sawyer) Charleston up a storm with their beaux - American-born Bobby (Stephen Stubbins), Marcel (Ian Laskowski), Pierre (Drew Pournelle) and Alphonse (Stefen Basti). Polly’s neglectful father (Dan Debenport) shows up and realizes he and Mme Dubonnet once. . . . Lord and Lady Brockhurst (John O'Creagh and SuEllen Estey) show up and realize they never have. . . . The school's maid (Jacque Carnahan) tries to help the girls get the boys."

The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located at 2162 Broadway, between 76th and 77th Streets. Tickets, priced $20, are available by calling (212) 268-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com.

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