Sandy Wilson

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Alexander Galbraith "Sandy" Wilson (born 19 May 1924) is an English composer and lyricist, best known for his musical The Boy Friend (1953).[1]


Wilson was born in Sale, Greater Manchester and was educated at Harrow School and Oriel College, Oxford. During the war he served in the Royal Ordnance Corps in Great Britain, Egypt and Iraq. While at Oxford he wrote revues for the Oxford University Experimental Theatre Club and then attended the Old Vic Theatre School on a production course. Most of his work for the stage was material for revues, such as Hermione Gingold's Slings and Arrows, Laurier Lister's Oranges and Lemons, and See You Later, starring such performers as Peter Cook. The Boy Friend for the Players' Theatre was written in 1953 and went on to be produced in the West End at Wyndhams Theatre in January 1954 and on Broadway in 1954, introducing Julie Andrews in her Broadway debut.[1]

He donated his papers to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.[2] His autobiography, published in 1975, is titled I Could Be Happy.[3]



  • Gale, Steven. Encyclopedia of British Humorists: Geoffrey Chaucer to John Cleese, Volume 2, Taylor & Francis, 1996, ISBN 0-8240-5990-5, p. 1216.


  1. ^ a b Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. pp. 364/5. ISBN 1-84854-195-3. 
  2. ^ "Sandy Wilson:A Preliminary Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center", retrieved 9 March 2010
  3. ^ Beck, Andy and Fisher, Brian. Broadway for Two, Alfred Music Publishing, 2007, ISBN 0-7390-4477-X, p. 82

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