This hit Off Broadway musical, with book by Bill Solly and Donald Ward, and music and lyrics by Bill Solly, pays homage to the screwball romantic comedies of 1930s Hollywood, but with a twist.
The year is 1936, the place is prim-and-proper London, yet in the society wedding of the year - breathlessly covered by all the newspapers - the happy couple consists of two men. The fact that no one finds this in any way unusual leaves the musical free to deal, not with angst and depression, but with fast-moving intrigue, high spirits and the universal problems that might beset any two people who fall in love.
When handsome foreign correspondent Casey O'Brien misses out on the story of the decade - the Abdication - he focuses instead on the nuptials of Boston millionaire Clarence Cutler, whose intended is a British aristocrat, the Honourable Guy Rose. Casey's rival newsmen fool him into thinking the mousy Guy is a famous beauty ("The English Rose). Then when the latter fails to turn up at the church, Casey turns the jilting into a sensational headline, and has to come up with a photograph to back up his story. Meanwhile, the real Guy is right under Casey's nose, trying to live up to his legend. The mismatched pair eventually form a bond with memories of the Boy Scouts ("It's a Boy's Life"), and then true love produces a magical transformation ("You're Beautiful"). Later the action moves from London to Paris, and Guy's aunt Josephine, the racy star of Les Folies de Paris, which features a female chorus line - and male strippers.
Ce musical a été créé au Edith O'Hara's 13th Street Theater de l'Off-Off-Broadway. ‘Boy meets Boy’, one of the first musicals with a homosexual theme, tells the story of a famous reporter, Casey O’ Brien, covering the story of the abdication of King Edward VIII. Soon, O’Brien learns about a preening groom, Clarence, who has been jilted at the altar by the mysterious ‘English Rose’. He becomes obsessed with finding this charming and good looking ‘English Rose’ but ends up with a big surprise. In fact, the ‘English Rose’ is named Guy Rose – a plain man with glasses. After a love triangle and various mistaken identities, Casey and Guy fall in love.
1 Boy meets Boy peut-être considéré comme un musical fondateur, c'est-à-dire ayant marqué l'histoire des musicals. Premier musical gay américain
2 Boy meets Boy est un musical abordant de manière centrale l'homosexualité.
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Boy meets Boy (1975-09-Actor's Playhouse-Off Broadway)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Actor's Playhouse (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 1 mois 4 semaines Nombre : 463 représentationsPremière Preview : InconnuPremière : mercredi 17 septembre 1975Dernière : dimanche 14 novembre 1976Mise en scène : Ron Troutman • Chorégraphie : Aucun • Producteur : Presse : Beautiful music! A fresh idea-the best work in this vernacular since THE BOY FRIEND" - Martin Gottfried, NEW YORK POST
"A hit! One of the freshest, warmest, funniest theatrical experiences. By all means, go!" - Bill Zakariasen, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
"An uncommonly light and antic touch. The first of its kind that could happily play in an old ladies' home in Dubuque. Quite honorably delightful" - Alan Rich, NEW YORK
"The brightest, tunefullest, wittiest, most elegant, refined, gracious and entertaining musical in Years! VVVV (Highest rating)" - Carll Tucker, THE VILLAGE VOICE
"We may all rejoice. Hilarious, delicious, a musical done with wit, charm and plenty of tongue-in-cheek" - Sylvie Drake, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Sublime smash hit! There are even girls in the show so what more can you want? The wit here is infectious, the style keen!" - Ray Loynd, L.A. HERALD-EXAMINER
"A delightful evening. Super-slick, super-pro, clever and witty!" - Bill Edwards, DAILY VARIETY
"The music and lyrics, crafted by Bill Solly, are reminiscent of Cole Porter's fiendish cleverness. On one level BOY MEETS BOY is a skilled exercise in nostalgia, but it gains added significance from the fact that its two romantic leads are men. BOY MEETS BOY is magical because its calm and amusing acceptance of its heroes is pure illusion, sad to say but great fun to see" - Edmund White
"BOY MEETS BOY is one of the most audacious, boldest, shockingly original theatrical gestures in the history of the art. It rewrites the past and presents it just as entertainment, not in the Orwellian sense of trying to convince anyone the past was like that but saying that it ought to have been"- Robert Patrick
"Outrageously high camp at an exceptionally fast pace. Can a straight appreciate it? The answer is yes!" - Regis Philbin, ABC TV, Los Angeles
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