The Boy Friend, Original London Cast – Anne Rogers, Anthony Hayes etc


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The 1950s produced two gigantic home-grown musicals in Britain – Salad Days and The Boy Friend. Both dominated the West End for most of the decade and The Boy Friend also triumphed on Broadway before being turned into a film starring Twiggy.

Set in the 1920s The Boy Friend was composer Sandy Wilson’s affectionate tribute to a bygone era. Called “A new musical of the 1920s” The Boy Friend is the obvious brother of Rodger’s and Hart’s The Girl Friend and follows much of the same structure as two by Vincent Youman – No, No, Nanette and Hit the Deck. To illustrate the point we have included as bonus tracks songs from the three shows The Boy Friend pays homage to, all re-mastered from recordings made in the 1920s.

Anne Rogers made her stage debut in this production of The Boy Friend and every track is a gem. The original London cast recording has not been available for a long time and has never been issued on CD until now. All tracks have been re-mastered by Sepia using the CEDAR system and the 12 page booklet contains many production photographs.

1. Overture – Stan Edwards (on piano) 1:22
2. Perfect Young Ladies – Denise Hirst, Maria Charles, Joan Gadson, Juliet Hunt 1:10
3. The Boy Friend – Company 0:48
4. Won’t You Charleston With Me? – Denise Hirst & Larry Drew 1:39
5. Fancy Forgetting – Joan Sterndale Bennett 1:56
6. I Could Be Happy With You – Anne Rogers & Anthony Hayes 2:48
7. Sur La Plage – Chorus 1:28
8. A Room In Bloomsbury – A. Rogers & A. Hayes 2:43
9. It’s Nicer In Nice – Violetta & Chorus 1:36
10. The Riviera – Chorus 1:41
11. It’s Never Too Late To Fall In Love – Maria Charles & John Rutland 3:03
12. It’s Never Too Late To Fall In Love – Maria Charles & John Rutland 3:03
13. Poor Little Pierrette – Joan S. Bennett 1:52
14. The Boy Friend – Company / Reprise: I Could Be Happy With You – A. Rogers & A. Hayes 1:26
15. “The Boy Friend” Selection Part 1 – 2:48
16. “The Boy Friend” Selection Part 2 – both – The London Orchestra 2:59
17.”The Girl Friend” Selection Part 1 – 4:03
18. “The Girl Friend” Selection Part 2 – both – Savoy Orpheans 4:21
19. The Girl Friend – George Olsen and His Music 2:49
20.Mountain Greenery – Roger Wolfe and His Orchestra 3:17
21. Fancy Me Just Meeting You – 2:56
22. Sometimes I’m Happy – both – Ivy Tresmand & Stanley Holloway 2:56
23. Too Many Rings Around Rosie – Irene Browne 2:55
24. I’ve Confessed To The Breeze – Binnie Hale & Seymour Beard 2:50
25. I Want To Be Happy – B. Hale & Joseph Coyne 3:03
26. No, No, Nanette – B. Hale 2:47
27. Tea For Two – B. Hale & S. Beard 3:16
28. You Can Dance With Any Girl At All – I. Browne & George Grossmith 2:43
29. Where Has My Hubby Gone Blues – I. Browne 3:23
30. Take A Little One-Step – B. Hale & George Grossmith 3:07
27. For The First Time – June Hutton 2:18


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