The musical about soccer, love and political clashes in Ireland, will play the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto Sept. 22-Nov. 1. The co-production had a previous engagement in Manitoba.
According to production notes, composer Lloyd Webber and director-lyricist-librettist Elton's The Boys in the Photograph "tells the story of ordinary people in extraordinary times. Set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, this coming-of-age story is about a group of young men and women who are involved with a local soccer team at the start of a 30-year civil war. Some are drawn into the conflict, while others stand aside wanting only to be allowed to live and love in peace."
The show began life as The Beautiful Game, playing for a year in London's West End, from September 2000 until September 2001. Its score was preserved on a cast album.
The creators had wanted to rework the musical for some time, and the chance came with this David Mirvish-Manitoba Theatre Centre co-production.
The Boys in the Photograph features an all-Canadian cast. In the lead roles Tony LePage plays John Kelly, We Will Rock You's Erica Peck plays Mary McGuire and The Lion King's Richard McMillan plays Father O'Donnell. The ensemble cast features (in alphabetical order) Kathryn Ballantine, Matthew Bradley, Caleb Cosman, Tracy Dawson, Tom Delbello, Kelly Fletcher, Jacquelyn French, Jeff Giles, Richard Harte, Allie Hughes, David Hurwitz, Joanna Keats, Cody Scott Lancaster, Brandon McGibbon, Adrienne Merrell, Shawn Meunier, Matt Murray, Carson Nattrass, Laura Olafson, Ange Pagano, Kristen Peace and Justin Stadnyk. The creative team also features music director Bob Foster, choreographer and assistant director Tracey Flye, set and costume designer Brian Perchaluk, lighting designer Michael J. Whitfield and sound designer John Bent Jr.
The Royal Alexandra Theatre is located at 260 King Street West. Tickets are $26 to $110 and are available online at www.mirvish.com or by calling Ticketking at (416) 872-1212 or (800) 461-3333.