The Boy Friend

By Sandy Wilson

Directed by Jim Chiolino; Music Director, Justin Wilder

A witty send-up of the frothy musicals of the 1920s, this musical, set in Madame Dubonnet's finishing school outside of Nice, tells the story of Polly, an English heiress, who longs for a boyfriend. Her father, who believes any boy who isn't wealthy will court Polly only for her money, has forbidden her to date below her class. Polly, of course, falls for Tony, the messenger boy, and leads him to believe she is a working class girl. Mistaken identities and hilarity ensues!! Julie Andrews made her Broadway debut in this show. MTG celebrates its 70th season with the 4th production of this show in its history.

Produced by Madison Theatre Guild at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: September 11-26, 2015

Performance Times:

Ticket Prices: $20.00

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Opening Madison Theatre Guild’s 70th season, we look back to a show MTG has produced three times in its history.

Roles: We are looking for a wide variety of actors, singers, dancers, particularly those with sharp comedic skills.

• POLLY BROWNE – A young, sweet, soon-to-be-wealthy lady at Mme. Dubonnet's school and a clear-voiced romantic. Female, 20s. Range: B3 - A5
• TONY – An attractive, secretly wealthy English messenger and romantic, breathtaking suitor. Male, 25-35. Range: B2 - F4
• BOBBY VAN HUSEN – A rich, good-looking student and young hopeful romantic. Male, 20s. Range: C3 - F4
• DULCIE – A young and lovely Lady at Mme. Dubonnet's school who is sincere and gentle. Female, 20s. Range: C4 - Eb5
• MAISIE Young Lady at Mme. Dubonnet's school. A madcap finishing school student who has all the boy's attention. Female, 18-25 yrs old Range: B3 - Bb5
• PERCIVAL BROWNE – A pompous elderly English gentleman and Polly's wealthy father. Male, 40s+ Range: C3 - E4
• MADAME DUBONNET – The stuffy, stern, scrupulous, head-mistress of the school with a caring soft side. Female, 40s + Range: Bb3 - Fb5
• HORTENSE – A chic French maid at the school who likes to enforce good moral standards in the girls. Female, 40s + Range: C4 – F5
• LORD BROCKHURST – A jolly, yet frisky old aristocrat and wealthy English blueblood. Male, 40s + Range: D3 - Eb4
• LADY BROCKHURST – Lord Brockhurst's stuffy wife who is equally rich and British. She is gaunt and severe. Female, 40s + Speaking Role

Rehearsals will begin in late July. Show runs September 11 – September 26 on the Drury stage at the Bartell Theatre.

More information? Contact director Jim Chiolino at

Auditions: Sunday, June 21 & Tuesday, June 23. Auditions each night will begin at 7pm at the Bartell Theatre, 113 East Mifflin Street, Madison, Wisconsin.

What to prepare: Most speaking roles require a British accent; two roles require a French accent. Script excerpts will be provided for the reading portion of the audition. It is not necessary to prepare a monologue.

Prepare a traditional musical theatre selection that is approximately one (1) minute long. Please note that you may be asked to sing more (either of that song or perhaps even another selection if you have one prepared). An accompanist will be provided. Please have your music in a binder appropriately marked.

Also – be prepared to move and dressed for movement.

Bring your calendar to the auditions so you can note any conflicts on the rehearsal schedule at that time.

Please also bring a completed audition form. Forms are available at the MTG website:

Casting Decisions: Casting decisions will be made as soon as possible. Please be patient. We will contact everyone by phone or e-mail. In addition, the cast list will be posted on the Madison Theatre Guild website shortly after people are notified. Email Jim Chiolino,, with any questions.