The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Oct. 11, 1954

The Boy Friend (book, music & lyrics by Sandy Wilson) may very well prove the surprise hit on Broadway that it was in London. A gay, witty spoof of musicomedy during the '20s, it manages to hold up all evening by lacing its burlesque 'with nostalgia. It also avoids dangerous pitfalls by sticking to the musicals of the '20s and not going after the mores.

Though they had speed and blare at times as well as sappiness, those musicals were in general the ladyfingers of an age of hooch. The scene of The Boy Friend is a British-flavored bit of the Riviera,...

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