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"The Boy Friend" Needs a Clearer Sense of Direction

"The Boy Friend"

Book, music and lyrics by Sandy Wilson; directed by Julie Andrews; music direction by F. Wade Russo; choreographed by John DeLuca; scenery design by Tony Walton; costume design by Tony Walton and Rachel Navarro; lighting design by Richard Pilbrow and Dawn Chiang; sound design by Jon Weston

Cast in order of appearance:

Hortense, Bethe Austin

Nancy, Margot de la Barre

Maisie, Andrea Chamberlain

Fay, Krysta Rodriguez

Dulcie, Kirsten Wyatt

Polly, Jessica Grové

Marcel, Jordan Cable

Alphonse, Scott Barnhardt

Pierre, Andrew Briedis

Madame Dubonnet, Nancy Hess

Bobby Van Husen, Rick Faugno

Percival Browne, Paul Carlin

Tony, Sean Palmer

Phillipe, Eric Daniel Santagata

Monica, Pamela Otterson

Lord Brockhurst, Drew Eshelman

Lady Brockhurst, Darcy Pulliam

Gendarme/Waiter, Tom Souhrada

Performances: Now through October 23

Box Office: The Shubert Theatre, www.wangcenter.org, or Telecharge.com at 800-447-7400

The Julie Andrews' directed revival of Sandy Wilson's gentle 1920s musical send-up "The Boy Friend" has moved out of its safe harbor at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, Connecticut and is now playing at the Shubert Theatre in Boston through October 23. In its second stop of a 21-week national tour, the show has matured somewhat since it first took the stage back in August, but it still feels like a tentative flower waiting to bloom.

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