Hauppauge’s Musical Comedy The Boy Friend Brings The 1920’s Jazz Age Alive on Stage
HAUPPAUGE’S MUSICAL COMEDY THE BOY FRIEND BRINGS
THE 1920’s JAZZ AGE ALIVE ON STAGE
Hauppauge High School’s Theatre students brought the 1920’s Jazz Age to life in a charming production of Sandy Wilson's musical comedy The Boy Friend. This light romantic spoof is set at the Villa Caprice where Maisie (Meghan Smith); the girls Dulcie (Emma Casey), Nancy (Hannah Schwack-Trovitch), and Fay (Danielle Gerardi); the maid Hortense (Emily Pandal); and Madame Dubonnet (René Kozlowski) live at Mme. Dubonnet's School for Young Ladies.
Set against the backdrop of the French Riviera, the play tells the story of Englishheiress Polly Browne (Evelyn Beltrani) who is longing for only one thing: a boy friend. Polly's widowed father Percival (Rob Podmore) – convinced that any boy who isn't wealthy will court Polly strictly for her financial situation – forbids her to engage any potential suitors. Honoring his wishes, Polly explains to Tony (Francesco DiFlora) – the messenger boy with whom she's fallen in love – that she is not a rich girl. Tony, in reality, is the missing son of the rich Lord and Lady Brockhurst (David Fresolone and Rebecca Proscia). This is just the tip of the mistaken identity iceberg, as love proceeds to find its way charmingly through nearly every member of the cast and brings them all to a happy ending.
The Boy Friend is the quintessential Golden Age musical. “The play featured many tongue-in-cheek moments as well as a captivating score and complex and expertly executed dance numbers,” stated Theatre Teacher Ruthie Pincus. “Audiences were treated to an unforgettable opportunity to view the comedic and exuberant talents of Hauppauge’s theatre students.”