MINNEAPOLIS, July 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A diverse cast of 30 teenage students of dance, voice and drama will present Sandy Wilson's musical spoof The Boy Friend, August 5, 6 and 7 at the Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts in North Minneapolis. This witty play, set in the French Riviera, presents a rollicking review of courtship in the Roaring 20's, with amusing characters, mistaken identities, catchy tunes and up-beat dance numbers, including the memorable "Won't You Charleston With Me?"
The production is directed and choreographed by Chrissy Fournier, who danced for Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins on Broadway and more recently has been involved in musical productions in the Twin Cities including assistant director of Urinetown at the Jungle Theatre. The Boy Friend will also feature local performer Herbert Johnson III, a Lundstrum Center alum who is also a well-known dancer and choreographer appearing most recently in the Ordway's production of A Chorus Line in February 2016.
The Boy Friend was first performed in 1953 and ran for 2567 performances in London and New York over a five year period. Newcomer Julie Andrews debuted in the Broadway production—her stepping stone to stardom in My Fair Lady. In 1971, The Boy Friend became a Golden Globe Award-winning movie starring Twiggy and Tommy Tune.
Tickets, all priced at $11($11.38 including service fee) are available at Brownpapertickets.com. The Lundstrum Center is easily accessible from Interstate 94, via the Broadway exit, or from downtown via Washington Avenue. Parking is free.
Photos can be downloaded at http://www.lundstrum.org/the-boy-friend-press-photos.
Lundstrum Center has been a cultural force in North Minneapolis for nearly 100 years, providing instruction in dance, voice and drama to a diverse population of students as well as a venue for theatrical productions. Since 2007, the organization has been located at 1617 North Second Street in a spacious facility accommodating both lessons and performances. Each year, the Lundstrum Center serves over 500 students from a variety of backgrounds. Sixty percent of the students come from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Nearly 40 percent of students receive financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and waivers funded by generous gifts from Lundstrum Center donors.
Joan Grathwol Olson
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