Boy Meets Girl

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BEGINNING
MONDAY EVENING,
APRIL 6, 1936

MATINEES
WEDNESDAY AND
SATURDAY

GEORGE ABBOTT

Presents

BOY  MEETS  GIRL

A New Play

by

BELLA and SAM SPEWACK

Staged by Mr. Abbott

Settings by Arno Lundborg

CAST
(In Order of Appearance)

ROBERT LAW . . . . . . . . .  Played by . . . . . . . . . Allyn Joslyn
LARRY TOMS . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . Charles McClelland
J. CARLYLE BENSON . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . Jerome Cowan
ROSETTI . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . Everett Sloane
MR. FRIDAY (C. F.) . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . Royal Beal
PEGGY . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . Julie Lawrence
MISS CREWS . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . Lea Penman
RODNEY BEVAN . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . James MacColl
GREEN . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . Garson Kanin
SLADE . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . Maurice Sommers
SUSIE . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Arling
A NURSE . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . Helen Gardner
DOCTOR . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . Perry Ivins
CHAUFFEUR . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . Juan Varro
YOUNG MAN . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . Philip Faversham
STUDIO OFFICER . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . George W. Smith
CUTTER . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . Robert Foulk
ANOTHER NURSE . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . Georgette McKee
MAJOR THOMPSON . . . . . . . . . . . ”      ”  . . . . . . . . . . John Clarke


Andrea King’s appearance in the smash Broadway hit “Boy Meets Girl” was brief. She had met with the legendary director George Abbott while she was still appearing in “Fly Away Home,” and he had remembered her impressive performance as Buff Masters in that play. But after it closed, 16-year-old Georgette McKee (Andrea) left New York right away to visit her grandmother in Palm Beach for an extended vacation. Mr. Abbott’s office tracked her down in Florida and offered her the small part of a nurse in “Boy Meets Girl” while understudying Abbott regular Joyce Arling, who had signed on as the female lead. Georgette was terribly flattered that Mr. Abbott had gone to such great lengths to locate her, and she thought nothing of the fact that she was several years too young to step into the leading part–a fact that had also been missed by Mr. Abbott when he had previously met with her–and she happily joined the successful production. Several months into the run, an understudy rehearsal was called. Mr. Abbott was organizing a London company with the idea of using his Broadway understudies for the play’s leads in England. One look at Georgette during this rehearsal revealed his casting error, and immediately afterward, he asked Garson Kanin (for reasons unknown), who was also a member of the cast, to notify Georgette of her release from the production. It was a blow to our young actress, but an understandable one. And like the trooper she was, she picked up the pieces and moved on.