Première Preview: mardi 05 septembre 2000Première: mardi 26 septembre 2000Dernière: samedi 01 septembre 2001
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
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".
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”.)
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2000-09-Original London CastStars:Date de sortie:200-09-??Type de CD:Stage Cast •Nombre de CD:1 pour un total de 23 tracksArtistes:Jonathan Ball, Michael Bernardin, Keith Bookman, Sally Bourne, James Bowden, Jenna Boyd, Kevin Cregan, Shonagh Daly, Ben Goddard, Jamie Golding, Nic Greenshields, Frank Grimes, Ben Healthcote, Mark Hilton, Michele Hooper, Simon Humphrey, Chris Key, David Lyons, Dale Meeks, Grant Murphy, Kelly O'Leary, Dianne Pilkington, Greta Rochford, Oliver Segal, Michael Shaeffer, David Shannon, Alex Sharpe, Andrew Spillett, Alessandro Splendore, Paul Tarling, Hannah Tollman, Hannah Waddingham, Josie WalkerTracks:01. Overture
02. The Beautiful Game
03. Clean the Kit
04. Don't Like You
05. God's Own Country
06. God's Own Country (Protestant March)
07. Let Us Love in Peace
08. The Final (A Game of Two Halves)
09. Off to the Party
10. The Craic
11. Don't Like You (Reprise)
12. Our Kind of Love
13. Let Us Love in Peace (Reprise)
14. The Happiest Day
15. To Have and to Hold
16. The First Time
17. I'd Rather Die on My Feet Than Live on My Knees
18. God's Own Country (Reprise)
19. The Selection
20. Dead Zone
21. If This Is What We're Fighting for
22. All the Love I Have
23. FinaleCommentaires:Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton's The Beautiful Game (which opened in London on September 26, 2000) is an original story set in Northern Ireland in the late '60s that concerns a team of teenaged football (i.e., soccer) players whose lives are derailed by the Irish Troubles. It's an unusually serious topic for Lloyd Webber and is driven by Elton, a playwright and comedian (though there are no laughs here). The late-'60s setting plunges Lloyd Webber back into his pop/rock roots in a style somewhat reminiscent of Jesus Christ Superstar, though he has also borrowed from other styles, notably the rhythmic, ominous music that film director John Carpenter composes for his horror movies. Elton excels at delineating character and giving a sense of the world of British sport, especially in the early going, though the result is that the original London cast recording carries a warning ("some lyrics may cause offence") and there is a fair amount of slang that will slow down American listeners. Actually, the show remains appealing until after the wedding and marriage night depicted early in the second act, but then the more heavy-handed aspects of the plot kick in and the musical begins to drag toward its inevitable "why can't we live together in peace" finale. Typically, conventional songs such as "Let Us Love in Peace" and "Our Kind of Love" were being emphasized around the time of the show's opening in the hope of scoring a pop hit, but the more impressive songs are the quirkier ones such as the triumphant drinking number "Off to the Party" and "Don't Like You," in which the main couple discover their interest in each other. It's a score to be enjoyed more in individual parts than as a whole, if only because, by combining sports, politics, and a Romeo and Juliet romance, Elton has more elements in the plot than he can handle effectively. Josie Walker, in the female lead of Mary, makes the strongest impression among the cast members, though they are all good singers. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi All Music Guide
2000-09-Original London Cast SINGLE (Hannah Waddingham)Stars:Date de sortie:200-09-??Type de CD:Stage Cast •Nombre de CD:1 pour un total de 3 tracksArtistes:Hannah WaddinghamTracks:1. Our Kind of love - Original Version
2. Our Kind of love - Andrew Lloyd Webber Version
3. Beautiful Game OvertureCommentaires:
2000-09-Original London Cast SINGLE (Let Us Love in Peace)Stars:Date de sortie:200-09-??Type de CD:Stage Cast •Nombre de CD:1 pour un total de 3 tracksArtistes:Shonagh Daly, Omagh Community Youth Choir, Josie WalkerTracks:1. Let us love in peace
2. God's own country
3. The craicCommentaires:Tracks 1 and 2 newly recorded and unavailable elsewhere. Track 3 from the London Cast Recording. In aid of the Northern Ireland Memorial Fund.
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