Set in 1926 at Mme Dubonnet's fashionable finishing school on the French Riviera, Wilson’s musical revolves around Polly, a millionaire's daughter, who falls in love with delivery boy Tony. To hold his interest, Polly pretends to be a working girl, but her efforts are complicated by her boy crazy girlfriends. Open Air artistic director Ian Talbot directs a cast that includes Steven Pacey, Summer Strallen, Joshua Dallas and, as Polly, Rachel Jerram.
Overnight critics enjoyed the “ripping” antics of the characters in Wilson’s quaint musical and found Bill Deamer’s choreography in particular impressive and uplifting. However, some felt that, although the cast are top-notch and Talbot’s production doesn’t spill over into ironic pastiche, the show remains a little too old-fashioned.
- by Caroline Ansdell