Sarah Moore and Joshua Broadhurst star in “The Boy Friend” as poor little rich girl Polly Browne and her handsome but penniless beau, a messenger boy named Tony; but it is Triangle theater veteran Tony Hefner who steals the show as the aging roué Lord Brockhurst. Hefner, channeling his inner Harpo Marx, is a stitch. He mostly pantomimes his part as a pixilated peer in formal dress who ogles the girls at Mme. Dubonnet’s School for Young Ladies in the Villa Caprice in Nice, France, while dodging the disapproving gaze of his domineering wife Lady Brockhurst (a nice squinty-eyed cameo by Kate Tonner).
Long-time Raleigh Little Theatre artistic director Haskell Fitz-Simons will stage a community-theater production of English composer and lyricist Sandy Wilson’s 1954 musical comedy/romance, “The Boy Friend,” on June 8-10, 14-17, and 21-24 in its Cantey V. Sutton Theatre. “The Boy Friend” premiered in 1953 in London’s West End, and made its Broadway debut in 1954.