Musical (2000)


Musique: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Paroles: Ben Elton
Livret: Andrew Lloyd Webber • Ben Elton
Production à la création:

The plot, which is centred on a local football (soccer) team, focuses on the attempt to overcome religious intolerance and violence that has engulfed their community. The team is made up of Catholic and Protestant youths and the coach is a priest. The musical chronicles the ups and downs of the team players as the emerging political and religious violence overwhelms them. Some of the players become members of the IRA, one gets kneecapped.
The musical also chronicles the emotional change in the protagonist from political ambivalence to becoming an IRA terrorist. Highlights of the play include the dual singing of "God's Own Country" by two females, one Catholic, one Protestant; the rain-drenched funeral; the football match; the transformation of the football net into a prison.

Une équipe de foot locale d'Irlande du Nord mélange joueurs catholiques et protestants ce qui, malgré les résultats positifs de l'équipe, déclenche de nombreuses violences. Plusieurs footballeurs rejoignent l'IRA et finiront en prison où ils pourront continuer de pratiquer leur passion. La comédie musicale parle aussi du basculement de quelqu'un qui a des idées vers le pur terrorrisme. Les grands moments du spectacles sont: un duo de femmes "God's Own Country", une Catholique, une Protestante; l'enterrement sous la pluie; le match de football; la transformation du filet du football en prison. La chanson la plus prospère du score était "Notre Genre d'Amour."

Synopsis complet

"The Beautiful Game" restera dans les mémoires comme le plus grand échec d'Andrew Lloyd Webber, et en plus immérité selon nous, car contrairement à "Jeeves", il est peu probable que "Beautiful Game" connaisse une nouvelle incarnation. Pourtant Andrew Lloyd Webber avait tapé fort en engageant l'auteur Ben Elton (The Young Ones-Blackadder). Malheureusement cette histoire mélangeant football et guerre de religion en Irlande du Nord ne trouvera jamais son public et ne tiendra l'affiche que 11 mois à Londres au Cambridge Theater, et ne sera jamais adaptée à Broadway.

1 Beautiful Game (The) s'intéresse à un événement historique important: Troubles en Irlande du Nord.


The title of the musical is taken from Pelé's autobiography My Life and the Beautiful Game. The plot, which is centred on a local football (soccer) team, focuses on the attempt to overcome religious intolerance and violence that has engulfed their community. The team is made up of Catholic and Protestant youths and the coach is a priest.

Beautiful Game
The world premiere production of The Beautiful Game opened on September 26, 2000 at the Cambridge Theatre in London and closed September 1, 2001, after a total run of slightly more than 11 months. Directed by Robert Carsen, the choreography was by Meryl Tankard. The show was met with a mixed reception from the critics: while the production and Lloyd Webber's score were largely praised, Elton's book and lyrics came under fire for being crass, predictable and undistinguished.
The show never made a transfer to Broadway.

The Boys in the Photograph
A rewrite by Lloyd-Webber and Elton, with a new title of The Boys in the Photograph, had a full scale production mounted in April 2009 at the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. This production transferred to the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Canada in September 2009 with a rumored North American Tour to follow retaining the entire Canadian cast. The rewrite gives a more uplifting ending than the original production.
Prior to this, The Boys in the Photograph received a workshop production by students at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in April 2008. It opened with the following cast Matthew Grace as John, Jeanna De Waal as Mary, Adam Diggle as Del, Derek Barr as Thomas, Cecilia Ardiles as Christine, Richard Loosemore as Ginger, Rob Gilbert as Daniel and Bryn Holding as Father O'Donnel. It was directed by Nick Phillips.

Genèse complète

  The Beautiful Game - Titre à la création
  The Boys on the Photograph - Titre de la nouvelle adaptation signée Andrew Lloyd Webber - et nouvelle version officielle - présentée au Manitoba Theatre Centre à Winnipeg au Canada


Acte I
  Overture 3
  The Beautiful Game
  The Boys in the Photograph*
  Clean the Kit
  Don't Like You
  God's Own Country
  God's Own Country - (Protestant March)
  Born in Belfast*
  The Final
  The Party
  Let Us Love In Peace
  Let Us Love In Peace (reprise)

Acte II
  The Happiest Day of Our Lives
  All The Love I Have*
  Don't Like You (Reprise)
  The First Time
  I'd Rather Die On My Feet Than Live On My Knees
  God's Own Country/Born in Belfast (reprise)
  The Selection
  Dead Zone
  If This Is What We're Fighting For
  It Will Never End*
  All The Love I Have* (Reprise)
  Finale - The Beautiful Game

(*= Songs added for The Boys in the Photograph)
(**= Songs removed from The Beautiful Game for The Boys in the Photograph)

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Version 1

Beautiful Game (The) (2000-09-Cambridge Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Cambridge Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 11 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 391 représentations
Première Preview : mardi 05 septembre 2000
Première : mardi 26 septembre 2000
Dernière : samedi 01 septembre 2001
Mise en scène : Robert Carsen
Chorégraphie : Meryl Tankard
Producteur :
Avec : Frank Grimes (Father O ’Donnell), Ben Goddard (Del), Hannah Waddingham (Christine), Michael Shaeffer (Thomas), David Shannon (John), Josie Walker (Mary), Dale Meeks (Greg), Jamie Golding, Alex Sharpe, Diane Pilkington, Nic Greenshields, David Lyons
Commentaires : This show truly divided the critics. Some claimed it was a powerful, dark, intelligent musical, containing some of Lloyd Webber’s most sophisticated and deeply-felt music; others claimed it was a one-sided, patronising Romeo and Juliet rip-off, mis-matching over-romanticised music with an over-done tale of murder, knee-capping and internment camps. The show ran for just under a year, closing on September 1st, 2001. A re-written version was performed in Canada in 2009 with a new title “The Boys in the Photograph” and a happier ending. The song "Our Kind of Love" was replaced with a new song "The Boys in the Photograph" and several other songs were cut. (However, “Our Kind of Love” would be re-worked and appear in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s later musical “Love Never Dies”.)
Presse : The show has received 'reasonable ' reviews from the popular press. None of the press have been shouting from the roof-tops on how good it is, but then none have rubbished it either…..
BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Elton doesn't always seem aware of the line between the simple and the clunky. But Webber not only extends his musical range but comes up with two or three lovely numbers, each packed with his trademark yearning." He goes on to say, "There are no truly exciting performances, but also no weak ones."

NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "A dramatic, pioneering musical that dares to make a song and dance of the troubles of Northern Ireland." He goes on to say, "Robert Carsen's well-drilled and paced production cannot disguise the fact that Elton's book allows dull romancing to overwhelm a brave, sharp shot at a controversial, politically motivated musical."

SHERIDAN MORLEY for TELETEXT, says, "Lloyd Webber's songs are intricately slotted into the storyline and many of them have a lilting, yearning charm." Morley ends his review with, "What this show suggests is that you no longer have to go to a musical having checked your brains into the cloakroom."

PAUL TAYLER for THE INDEPENDENT says, "The Beautiful Game has its moments, with full-throated, plangent anthems; the impossibly catchy melody of its message-song, "Our Kind of Love"; and the hard-edged, exuberant synthesis, in the kicking twirls and leaps of Meryl Tankard's choreography, of the movements of football and modern ballet." He goes on to say, "The trouble with the show is not the Celtic-tinged music, which is never less than decent, nor the lyrics which, though uninspired, aren't actively blush-making. No, the culprit here is the book."

CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Sadly, hopes that The Beautiful Game might prove a Northern Irish West Side Story are hardly realised. Indeed, at worst the piece comes over like Grease-meets-Riverdance with the odd bit of earnest Eltonesque moralising thrown in." However, Spencer goes on to say, "The music includes some of Lloyd Webber's most haunting and memorable ballads."

MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Even if the musical falls at the last hurdle, it as at least trying something boldly different, and Lloyd Webber's score, with its echoes of Irish folk and ballad music, is his best since Aspects of Love."

JOHN PETER for THE SUNDAY TIMES says Andrew Lloyd Webber "romps home with his best work since Cats and his finest piece of musical theatre ever".

Version 2

Beautiful Game (The) (2003-01-Staatsoperette-Dresden)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Staatsoperette Dresden (Dresden - Allemagne)
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Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : vendredi 24 janvier 2003
Dernière : Inconnu
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Presse : Avec: Mary: Christina Elbe/Martina Haeger - John: Marcus Günzel/Gerald Michel - Thomas: Christian Theodoridis/Jens Winkelmann - Del: Michael Seeboth/Gerd Wiemer - Christine: Romy Hildebrandt/Judith C. Jakob - Bernadette: Mandy Garbrecht - Daniel: Tomasz Dziecieski/René Schwarzer - Ginger: Christoph Dyck - Pater O' Donnell: Wolfgang Amberger/Hilmar Meier - Protestantisches Mädchen: Simone Lichtenstein - Sean Kelly: Florian Bräuer/Boris Koppitz/Alexander Taraduko

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Beautiful Game (The) (2005-05-Madach Theatre-Budapest)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Madach Theatre (Budapest - Hongrie)
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Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : vendredi 27 mai 2005
Dernière : Inconnu
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Beautiful Game (The) (2006-11-Madach Theatre-Budapest)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Madach Theatre (Budapest - Hongrie)
Durée :
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Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : vendredi 03 novembre 2006
Dernière : lundi 13 novembre 2006
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Beautiful Game (The) (2007-11-LG Arts Center-Seoul)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: LG Arts Centre (Séoul - Corée du Sud)
Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : vendredi 16 novembre 2007
Dernière : jeudi 03 janvier 2008
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Beautiful Game (The) (2007-12-Madach Theatre-Budapest)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Madach Theatre (Budapest - Hongrie)
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Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : samedi 01 décembre 2007
Dernière : dimanche 02 mars 2008
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Commentaires longs: Première série : les 1er/12/2007 (19:00), 2/12/2007 (15:00 et 19:00), 3/12/2007 (19:00), 4/12/2007 (19:00)
Seconde série : 28/2/2008 (19:00), 29/2/2008 (19:00), 1/3/2008 (15:00 et 19:00), 2/3/2008 (15:00 et 19:00)

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Beautiful Game (The) (2009-09-Manitoba Theatre Centre-Winnipeg)

Type de série:
Théâtre: Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg - Canada)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 30 avril 2009
Première : jeudi 30 avril 2009
Dernière : samedi 23 mai 2009
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Commentaires longs: Spectacle joué sous le titre 'The boys in the photograph" dont cela a été la création mondiale.

Version 8

Beautiful Game (The) (2009-09-Royal Alexandra Theatre-Toronto)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Royal Alexandra Theatre (Toronto - Canada)
Durée : 1 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : mardi 22 septembre 2009
Dernière : dimanche 01 novembre 2009
Mise en scène : ???? ????
Chorégraphie : ???? ????
Producteur :
Commentaires longs: Spectacle joué sous le titre 'The boys in the photograph"

Version 9

Beautiful Game (The) (2011-05-Mendela Theatre@Joburg Theatre Complex-Johannesburg)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Mendela Theatre@Joburg Theatre Complex (Johannesburg - Afrique du Sud)
Durée : 1 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 18 mai 2011
Première : mercredi 18 mai 2011
Dernière : dimanche 11 juillet 2010
Mise en scène : Janice Honeyman
Chorégraphie : Aucun
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Beautiful Game (The) (2014-04-Union Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Union Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 03 avril 2014
Première : mardi 08 avril 2014
Dernière : samedi 03 mai 2014
Mise en scène : Lotte Wakeham
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Avec : Niamh Perry (Mary), Ben Kerr (John), Stephen Barry (Del), Daniella Bowen (Christine) , Freddie Rogers (Thomas), Will Jeffs (Daniel), Alan McHale (Ginger), Natalie Douglas (Bernadette), and Carl McCrystal (Father O Donnell). Ensemble: Tom Brandon-Farrell, Leigh Lothian, Shane McDaid, Joanna O Hare and Charlie Royce.

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1) 2000-09-Original London Cast
2) 2000-09-Original London Cast SINGLE (Hannah Waddingham)
3) 2000-09-Original London Cast SINGLE (Let Us Love in Peace)

4) 2003-01-Original German Cast
5) 2005-05-Hungarian Cast