Sandy Wilson | Stage composer, 90
The Boy Friend, first staged in 1953, was the grand slam of Mr. Wilson's theatrical career. It ran for more than five years in London and had a respectable run of 485 performances on Broadway with 19-year-old Andrews making her American debut in the lead.
The aggressively gossamer plot plays with the cliches of vacuous flapper-era musicals. A wealthy girl meets a messenger boy (really the son of a British lord) on the French Riviera in 1926, and they try to hide their vast fortunes from each other.
The success of The Boy Friend made Mr. Wilson the rage of theater circles in London and New York. and he won comparisons to his idol Noel Coward. None of Mr. Wilson's later musical stage work equaled that one in commercial or critical acclaim.
- Washington Post