Join the Department of Theatre for the US premiere of The Beautiful Game by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton

February 14 2018

The University of Utah's Department of Theatre returns to the Babcock Theatre with the US premiere of The Beautiful Game with Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyrics and Book by Ben Elton. This politically and religiously charged romantic musical tells the story of ordinary people in extraordinary times. Choreographed by Musical Theatre graduate Jesse Klick and directed by Musical Theatre Program Area Head Denny Berry, the production runs 2/16 - 3/4 at the Babcock Theatre.

Set amid The Troubles in Northern Ireland, this late 1960's coming-of-age musical follows a group of young men and women who are involved with a local soccer team at the start of a 30-year civil war. The amateur Catholic soccer team finds itself torn between becoming professionals and fighting for their country. Some are drawn into the conflict, while others stand aside wanting only to be allowed to live and love in peace. It speaks of love, the things that keep us human, and the reality of dashed dreams.

Writer Ben Elton tells the story with humor and compassion, with lyrics that are both funny and heartbreaking. In the program note from the original 2000 production he wrote, "Although this is an Irish story, taking place in Belfast-a brave big-hearted city that I know well, having performed there many times-I hope that the themes and sentiments of The Beautiful Game are universal."

The significance of this production in today's society will be discussed through a panel discussion lead by Theatre Instructor and Production Dramaturg, Mark Fossen on February 23, immediately after the evening production.

Dates and Times: 2/16-18, 22-25, and 3/1-4 at 7:30PM. Matinees 2/24, 2/25, 3/3, and 3/4 at 2PM.
Post-Performance Discussions: Panel Discussion lead by Mark Fossen on 2/23. Post-show Discussion with Cast and Creative Team: 3/2
Location: The Babcock Theatre, located at 300 South and University Street
Tickets: General Admission tickets are $18, University of Utah faculty and staff are $15, University of Utah students are free with UCard and all other students with valid student ID are $8.50. Tickets can be obtained by calling 801-581-7100, online or at the Performing Arts Box Office, located at Kingsbury Hall.
Content warning: Recommended for patron ages 14 and up. Mature audiences only.

 Ordinary people in extraordinary times