THE BOYS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH is opening September 22nd at the Royal Alex

From press release

New Andrew Lloyd Webber-Ben Elton Musical


Plays September 22 – November 1, 2009 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre

TICKETS ON SALE Saturday August 22

“Powerful! Throbs with gusto … youthful passion and commitment!”Winnipeg Free Press

“Heart-wrenching! Perfect Pitch! 5 Stars!” – Winnipeg Sun

“Impressive! Grittily designed and beautifully voiced by a cast of Canadians.  Lloyd Webber is back to pleasing crowds.” – Globe and Mail

David Mirvish is delighted to present Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton‘s new musical THE BOYS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH, which will play September 22 through November 1, 2009 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. This will be the second show of the 2009/2010 Mirvish Subscription Season and tickets will go on sale on Saturday August 22, 2009.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben 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.

Writer Ben Elton tells their story with humour and compassion, with lyrics that are both funny and heartbreaking. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s evocative score combines heart-searing ballads and stirring anthems. This powerful and passionate musical is a joyous celebration of the freedom that love can bring.

The show began life as The Beautiful Game, playing for a year in London’s West End, from September 2000 until September 2001. Receiving stellar reviews, with critics calling it "Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best musical" and praising Ben Elton’s book and lyrics, the show was awarded the prestigious Best Musical Award in the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2000.

The creators had wanted an opportunity to rework the musical for some time. That chance came with the Mirvish – Manitoba Theatre Centre co-productions.  Now Toronto will be able to experience this major new work from two of the leading creators in musical theatre.

THE BOYS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH stars an impressive 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.

Book and Lyrics writer and Director Ben Elton leads the creative team, which 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.

AIR CANADA Presenting Season Sponsor.


The Royal Alexandra Theatre

260 King Street West

Tickets $26.00 to $110.00

Available online at

or by calling Ticketking at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333

Groups call 416-593-4142 or 1-800-724-6420