Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s musical, The Beautiful Game, opened at the Cambridge Theatre, London in September 2000, has been retitled The Boys in the Photograph.
Ben Elton tells their story with humour and compassion, with lyrics that are both funny and heartbreaking. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s evocative score combines heart-searing ballads and stirring anthems with the sounds of Ireland. This powerful and passionate musical is a joyous celebration of the freedom that love can bring.
Set in Northern Ireland in the troubled 1970s, the musical is the story of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation and follows the fortunes of a group of teenagers, all members of a local soccer team, and their friends.
Under the watchful eye of team coach Father O’Donnell, John and Del both show enough promise to pursue careers as professional footballers. They’re just two regular teenagers who dream of nothing more than girls and football. When they find love with their girlfriends Mary and Christine, they become swept up in the events that engulf their community and, as time passes, each has to decide whether or not to follow their hearts.