The Boy Friend | Chicago Reader

The Boy Friend

Sandy Wilson's nostalgic pastiche of 20s musicals is predictably decorated by wizard of excess Ken Russell with the slightly soured whipped cream of hommages to Hollywood musicals and memories of his own days as a chorus boy. The seediness and squalor of backstage life aptly deflate the onstage illusion, though blond and beautiful premier danseur Christopher Gable is effortlessly elegant as the young lead, and Twiggy brings a naive, crumpled charm to the part of the girl who goes out a youngster and—naturally—comes back a star. With Max Adrian and the incomparable Vladek Sheybal as De Thrill, the Hollywood producer in the audience, whose fantasies are in tune with Russell's own.

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