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.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

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."

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Quelques commentaires

"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.

Particularités

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

 

Historique du musical

Inspiration

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.

Génèse du musical

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.

Génèse complète

Différents titres

  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

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

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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Principaux CD du musical

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



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