The Boy Friend Closes at Bay Street Aug. 31; New York Next?

News   The Boy Friend Closes at Bay Street Aug. 31; New York Next?
Julie Andrew's directorial vision of The Boy Friend will end its life at the Bay Street Theatre of Sag Harbor, Long Island, on Aug. 31. The run began on Aug. 5 and has attracted an audience of artists and producers from New York.

There has been consistent talk that the Bay Street production will find its way to Broadway in the near future. It is certain that the head of at least one of Broadway's big three theatre-owning organizations has seen the show; on Aug. 24, James Nederlander Jr. trod the Bay Street boards in a cameo role. (Nederlander bid on and won the role in a recent company charity auction.)

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

The company also includes 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 includes 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. Tickets — priced $50-$60 — are available by calling (631) 725-9500 or by logging on to The Bay Street Theatre is located in Sag Harbor, New York.

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