Musical (1975)

Musique: Bill Solly
Paroles: Bill Solly
Livret: Bill Solly • Donald Wand
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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.

For this show the traditional overture is replaced by a musical prologue, signalling the slight but very significant variation from conventional stories:
It is December 11, 1936; the place, London; the setting, the elegant Savoy Hotel.

Acte I
Casey O’Brien, world-famous reporter is throwing a two-day At-Home Party in Room 203. The morning after, he awakens to a hangover and bad news; his friend Andrew arrives to inform him that he has just slept through the story of the decade - the Abdication of King Edward VIII to marry “the woman I love”. They disagree with the ex-King’s priorities. Outside the church, Clarence preens before the waiting reporters and photographers. Actually. They care more about the other groom, whom none of them has ever seen.
On learning that Casey - crack reporter that he is - also is in the dark about the mysterious Guy Rose, the rival reporters describe him as the (imaginary) epitome of good looks and charm: The English Rose. The ruse works. Casey is immediately infatuated, and when the news arrives that Clarence has been jilted at the altar, he dashes off to seek the missing groom.
Back at the Savoy, Casey makes plans to discover the whereabouts of the English Rose and tries, without success, to rid himself of the plain, bespectacled young man who claims correctly, that he is Guy Rose, but fails to convince Casey. In an attempt to obtain an invitation to dinner, Guy is forced to pass himself off as a friend of the “real" Guy Rose who can help Casey in his search.
They visit several expensive restaurants where “Guy” might eat; the entertainers everywhere are singing about a topical and popular subject: Marry an American. But the English Rose is nowhere to be found. However, after a few bottles of champagne, Casey and Guy discover a mutual interest and reminisce about the joys of scouting.
Returning to the hotel, Guy tries to tell Casey the truth about himself, adding a declaration of love. But Casey has fallen asleep and does not hear. Next morning. Faced with a gigantic bill, Casey decides to delve deeper into the story of the English Rose. To prevent this, Guy promises to produce Casey’s dream that night at the West End's most fashionable night-spot, the Trocadero. Casey leaves. Helped by desperation. Love and the arrival of Casey’s tuxedo from the cleaners, Guy manages to transform himself into a glamorous man-about-town. The "new Guy" is a rousing success. Meeting him as arranged, Casey is immediately enamoured. But before the happy pair can elope to Paris, Clarence convinces Guy that he would be the ruination of Casey’s life and career. Act One ends with Guy renouncing Casey and Clarence triumphant.

Acte II
Act Two opens in a London Spanish bar with Casey drowning his sorrows in drink.
Clarence commiserates while hoping to catch Casey on the rebound. Meanwhile, Guy has fled to Paris, where his aunt, Josephine La Rose is appearing in "Les Folies de Paris”, the climax of which is a strip number featuring the boys of the chorus. Clarence appears backstage and tries to win Guy back by deceiving him about Casey. Disillusioned and bitter, Guy decides to replace the departing nude in the Folies show. At the news of Guy’s startling announcement, which makes the London papers, Andrew goads Casey into going to Paris to obtain an interview. The resulting encounter between Casey, Guy and Clarence results in Clarence’s re-assessment of himself. Having resolved to turn over a new leaf, he confesses his various plots and deceits to Casey; he adds that the handsome English Rose is also “the mouse with the glasses”. Dashing back to the theatre, Casey arrives on stage just in time to prevent Guy from revealing his all.
The two are touchingly reunited. With newspaper headlines proclaiming two major June weddings - “Duke Marries Mrs. Simpson, O’Brien marries English Rose" - the cast assembles for a spectacular white wedding where Casey and Guy appear as figures atop a giant wedding cake.

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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Version 1

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 représentations
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: 17 September 1975
Dernière: 14 November 1976
Mise en scène : Ron Troutman
Chorégraphie : Aucun
Producteur :
Star(s) :
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

Version 2

Boy meets Boy (1995-02-The New York City Gay Men's Chorus-Off Broadway)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Broadway Run (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première: Inconnu
Dernière: Inconnu
Mise en scène : Bill Fabris
Chorégraphie : Aucun
Producteur :
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