THE BOYFRIEND Musical Comedy From TheatreZone

April 23
11:28 AM 2012

THE BOYFRIEND Musical Comedy From TheatreZone

TheatreZone Wraps Up Season 7 with Musical Comedy gem The Boy Friend

Award winning musical has kept its flapper charm for over 50 years

"Always leave them laughing when you say goodbye" is attributed to legendary entertainer and producer George M. Cohan, so it's no surprise when TheatreZone artistic director Mark Danni adheres to Cohan's advice, completing a successful Season 7 by the Equity professional theatre group, with The Boy Friend.

"This great little musical introduced Julie Andrews (Polly) to American audiences and the recording has kept its flapper charm for more than 50 years," reports Danni. "Talk about nostalgia! It's fun, frothy and fabulous," he adds.

The Boy Friend is a sparkling, tongue-in-cheek 1920's romp, set in the French Rivera, offering lots of Charleston and tap dancing to such tunes as "Won't You Charleston With Me?" "I Could Be Happy With You" and "Perfect Young Ladies" accompanied by a seven-piece live orchestra comprised of two reeds, two trumpets, a banjo, drum and piano conductor.

The cast of The Boy Friend includes New York actress and TheatreZone newcomer Jennifer Piacenti as Polly, the English heiress attending Madame Dubonnet's Finishing School near Nice.

TheatreZone favorite Angie Radosh (Aunt Sue in No No Nanette) returns as the bewitchingly flirtatious Madame Dubonnet. Actor Bryon DeMent, who recently wowed audiences with his role as Professor Bhear in Little Women plays Tony, a delivery boy. DeMent is joined by three "perfect young ladies," actresses Megan Jimenez's over-achieving Maisie; Dulcie by Juliet Jewett and Crystal Demetriades as the awkward Nancy. Elizabeth Dimon is the haughty Lady Brockhurst.

Musical director/actor Charles Fornara returns to the stage in the role of Percival Browne, Polly's father and Madame Dubonnet's willing captive. Fornara's last stage role was David in TheatreZone's production of Company. Mary Sytsma is Hortense, the French maid.

The Boy Friend performs at the G&L Theatre for 10 performances May 3 through May 13, 2012. Individual tickets are $38 and $43 each with group discounts for 10 or more.

About TheatreZone

In 2005, non-profit TheatreZone was born on two concepts: an affinity and nostalgia for the stage, and for the intimacy of live audiences. Co-founders artistic director Mark Danni and his wife, actress/choreographer Karen Molnar shared a vision and a passion to bring Equity professional actors, and produce talented and innovative productions of classic "lost treasures of Broadway" to Southwest Florida.

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Beau Higgins Currently spending his time between New York and Florida, Beau was born to a theatrical family in Brooklyn. He studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and at HB Studios. He studied theater singing with Julia Sperratore and Helen Gallagher. Beau later taught drama at the Lincoln Center Square for the Arts. It was at this time Beau began working with the Theater Development Fund and helped found New York's famed HALF PRICE TICKET BOOTH. Early in his career, Beau was screen tested and contracted for Warner Brothers. He co-hosted, an early cable variety series on Manhattan's Teleprompter channel. At this time he directed the Johnny Specca musical, SEX IS..? at the Lincoln Center Library Theater. Beau has performed Off-Broadway in FAT FELL DOWN, The Comic Strip Theater's LITTLE LULU AND THE INVISIBLE INK and WILL THE REAL ZOOPERMAN PLEASE STAND UP. Around the country he has delighted audiences with his performances in ANYTHING GOES, THE APPLE TREE, GUYS & DOLLS, and HELLZAPOPPIN! He sang for New York audiences at such cabarets as The Duplex and Upstairs at the Downstairs. He has had numerous television appearances but is most proud to have been a winning contestant on the game shows JACKPOT and THE $20,000 PYRAMID.


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