SPRING is musical time in Broadford and the tradition, now laid down over three decades, continues. This Thursday night, the curtain goes up on The Boyfriend, by Sandy Wilson which is billed as a musical comedy from the roaring 1920s and the Broadford Musical Society is giving it a five-night run.
The main reason for selecting The Boyfriend was the songs, the show’s producer/director John Pierce acknowledges. For John, who has had a hand in every musical in Broadford since 1986, the song is always the thing. And if he doesn’t like the songs, the show won’t be chosen.
“The Boyfriend is a light-hearted kind of show,” he says. Unusually for a musical, it has a small cast of just 15. “That made it easy,” he adds, and is in contrast to last year’s massive cast of over 50 for Showboat.
Like any musical, The Boyfriend is a vehicle to showcase local talent, something John feels very strongly about. But The Boyfriend is a particularly good showcase for young talent. “We have ten young people in Transition Year from Hazelwood College,” John explains.
The Boyfriend takes place at Madame Dubonnet’s Finishing School on the French Riviera. Polly, an English heiress, falls in love with Tony, a delivery boy. But. conscious of her father’s warning to beware of boys dating her for her family’s money, Polly pretends to be just a secretary. Things get complicated with the unexpected arrival in Nice of Polly’s parents and Lord and Lady Brockhurst. And then the fun starts.
The show opens in Dromcollogher this Thursday night before transferring to Broadford where it will run at 8pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday night.