Sandy Wilson, Author of Broadway Musical The Boy Friend, Dies at 90
Wilson's musical was responsible for the American stage debut of Julie Andrews.
Sandy Wilson, the composer and lyricist best known for his 1954 musical The Boy Friend, has died at the age of 90, his agent confirmed to TheaterMania's U.K. sister site, WhatsOnStage.com.
Born May 19, 1924, in Sale, Greater Manchester, Alexander Galbraith "Sandy" Wilson was educated at Harrow School and Oriel College, Oxford, where he wrote revues for the Oxford University Experimental Theatre Club. He later attended the Old Vic Theatre School.
In 1953, Wilson wrote The Boy Friend for the U.K.-based Players' Theatre. The musical transferred to Wyndham's Theatre on the West End in 1954 and ran for five years. The Broadway transfer at the Royale Theatre that same year starred Julie Andrews in her Broadway and American stage debut. Andrews won a Theatre World Award for her performance and would go on to helm a 2003 production at the Bay Street Theater. The show then moved to the Goodspeed Opera House in 2005 and toured the U.S. and Canada.
Wilson's other musicals include Caprice, Valmouth, and Divorce Me, Darling!, as well as revues such as Hermione Gingold's Slings and Arrows, Laurier Lister's Oranges and Lemons, and See You Later, starring Peter Cook.