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Edison's 'The Boyfriend'

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<bt>Think a live action "Betty Boop" cartoon, and you have arrived at the perfect description of Edison's "The Boyfriend." Vibrant costumes and elaborate choreography bring the 1920s into the modern era and make this show hard to "fancy forgetting."

"The Boyfriend" is traditionally a show defined by its costumes. The designs of Nicki Merz, Michelle Ahn, Beth McConnell, Christa Hixon, Abbey Cantolina and Kim Retherford certainly live up to expectations. Most spectacular are the costumes at the Riviera Dance. The stage is illuminated by an array of ball gowns, suits and masks, which depict

both the era and the attitude of the entire act. Also notable is the fact that the costumes were designed in such a way as to accommodate intricate dancing, and thus are not only beautiful, but also functional.

Another vital element of the show is intense dancing. Choreographer Zach Heller's skill shows as the entire cast moves gracefully across the stage. The numbers are well timed and coordinated. Heller also plays the role of Bobby Van Husen, in which he demonstrates his talent as a dancer. His presence and expertise give much to the performance.

Also commendable in a dancing role is Colette Yori, portraying Maisie. As the female opposite of Heller's character, Yori demonstrates an ability to move adeptly both in sync with Heller, and as a solo performer. She is also a gifted actress and singer, making a lasting impact through her tremendous aptitude.

A memorable character does not have to be a lead. In his role as Pierre, Jay Terry perfectly exemplifies this sentiment. Though part of a group, which rarely has solo lines, Terry creates an outstanding presence and endearing persona through exaggerated movement and a flawless French

accent.

With a talented cast and crew, Edison's "The Boyfriend" is the quintessential illustration of 1920s high society. Bright and flashy, the show is a combination of incredible costumes, dancing, acting and singing.