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A delightful musical made better with an untraditional twist
While it may not be your traditional old-fashioned love story, Boy Meets Boy at the Jermyn Street Theatre has all the charm and heart of a golden age musical classic. The light-hearted musical comedy, written by Bill Solly and Donald Ward in the 1970s, is receiving its UK premiere at the Jermyn Street Theatre.
Boy Meets Boy is a delightful romantic musical comedy of mistaken identities, obnoxious ex-lovers, and the age-old lesson that beauty is skin deep. The way in which it strays from tradition is the representation of two men, and a jealous ex-boyfriend, as the central characters in the comical love triangle.
Although set in London in the 1930s, Boy Meets Boy takes place in a seemingly parallel universe in which prejudice, homophobia, and discrimination are completely non-existent. In a time where sexuality is so frequently discussed as a political issue, it's refreshing and beautiful to see homosexuality represented as just love-- no politics, secrecy, taboos, or discrimination in the way.
The book and score are both marvelous, paying homage to musical genres from the past but with many fun and quirky twists. The cast is very strong-- especially Stephen Ashfield as Casey O'Brien, whose beautiful voice delivers some of the most memorable songs of the show, and Ben Kavanagh, who is riotously funny and surprisingly adorable as the show's antagonist.
Boy Meets Boy is playing until 20 December, and tickets are £20 with £16.50 concessions. A unique and bold musical that is nothing but sweet and lovable, Boy Meets Boy is a lovely show that is sure to brighten anyone's day.
For more information and to book tickets, visit the Jermyn Street Theatre's website here.