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.Synopsis complet
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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