The Boyfriend is a smash hit

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Andrew Betz stars in TheBoyfriend at Princeton Festivalshow review.

The Princeton Festival’s presentation of the classic musical The Boyfriend is an over-the-top delight. Elegantly costumed in period perfection and effectively staged with a set that was simple but evocative, this was a show we really did not want to end. We could have gone on dancing the Charleston all night long.

The cast of Princeton Festival's production of The Boyfriend

The cast of Princeton Festival’s production of The Boyfriend

I am hard pressed to say whether the choreography or the singing was the highlight. Both were genuinely outstanding. The casting was excellent and entirely age appropriate. The complex dance numbers were executed with energy and precision. The entire cast projected a feeling that not only were they really good at what they were doing, they were thoroughly enjoying it as well – a feeling in which they were certainly joined by the enthusiastic audience.

Cara Michelle Fish as Hortense, the maid, was a show-stealer with a superbly comic performance that brought the style of Ethel Merman to mind. Rachel Handler as Polly performed and sang with star quality. Tyler Eley as Bobby can seriously dance! I only wish I could Charleston like him!

Cara Fish as Hortense, the maid, was a show-stealer.

Cara Michelle Fish as Hortense, the maid, was a show-stealer.

Another serious dancer is Andrew Betz who played Tony. Mr. Betz in the lead romantic role, owned the stage at several key moments. Christine Egan as Mdm. Dubonnet was simply wonderful, with the look, the manner and the voice wholly suited to her character of an elegant French woman with experience of life. Kate Hamilton as Masie gave a high energy performance with great singing. Patrick James as Lord Brockhurst and Robert Mackasek as Mr. Browne both gave the delightfully amusing performances enriched by strong singing voices that one would expect from gentlemen of such considerable theatrical experience as theirs.

The supporting cast members, Avery Bryce, Reed Schmidt, Brittany Santos, Patrick McGee, Ryan John, Gus Steiner and Suzanne Houston, were each superb. From the wonderful opening number to the final ensemble they worked together with a theatrical chemistry that was magical.

My hat is off to Graham Lustig for the choreography, Jack Bender for the music direction, Marie Miller for the fabulous costumes and most of all, to Diana Basmajian for what was obviously a terrific job of directing.

The Boy Friend will be performed in matinee on June 12 and 19 and in evening performance on June 11, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25. Further information is at http://www.princetonfestival.org/

 

Andrew Betz stars in TheBoyfriend at Princeton Festivalshow review.

The Princeton Festival’s presentation of the classic musical The Boyfriend is an over-the-top delight. Elegantly costumed in period perfection and effectively staged with a set that was simple but evocative, this was a show we really did not want to end. We could have gone on dancing the Charleston all night long.