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Beautiful Game - Original Cast
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I would bear with this CD, you may not like it at first but it is more rewarding the more you listen to it.
Beauty being in the eyes of the beholder has never been better demonstrated than here among so many varied and conflicting views. "The Beautiful Game", which became "The Boys in the Photograph" with slight changes to the story,
needs to be heard with full knowledge of the story and then followed closely to align the background of events with each song. It is not possible to get the full impact of emotion and therefore appreciation without being closely aware of exactly where one is in the story.Read more ›
What I love most about the shows of ALW is the messages they attempt to send. For example, 'The Phantom of the Opera' was about a beautiful, gentle soul that became ugly not because of the scars upon his face, but rather because of the way he was treated by society. 'Whistle down the Wind' illustrates what "faith" can do. Now, 'The Beautiful Game' asks why? Why is war, not peace, worth fighting for? As Mary sings in "If This Is What We Are Fighting For," the answer is simple:
"We just loved to kill and we always will!"
'The Beautiful Game' is a touching story that spreads beyond the Catholic-Protestant conflict in Northern Irland. The story can be placed anywhere in the world were people fight to live, to die, and to have just "one ordinary day" throughout the world. And it asks us why it has to be? Why sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, friends and lovers, have to die such senseless death.
The music of the show takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. The opening "Beautiful Game" is a song that would fit into any safe, American university. The only concern of this pounding rock number, is the game.
"God's Own Country" is my favorite song from the show. It is absolutely beautiful and very touching. We are all, regardless of anything, in "God's Own Country."
"The Final" is a great, energic, cool number- reflecting the teams championship bid.
"Let Us Love In Peace" is a touching melody where characters pray for just "one ordinary day," something that is so taken for granted by those of us who never have to fight for anything.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The words and the music are matched, blended, intertwinned. The lyrical precision is beautiful. The musical direction brilliant! Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2001
2 years ago to be precise. This musical and this pathetic recording do not have the mastery of the other shows. Read morePublished on 25 May 2001 by A. Hough
... I need a few times before I fall in love with an ALW musical. But then I realize that he is probably the best tune-smith around and there is always plenty to really like. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2001 by Bracket paradox
Having seen the show in October 2000 I couldn't wait for the CD and I wasn't disappointed. Not a show about football but 2 love stories. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2001 by firstname.lastname@example.org
I am really surprised about this brilliant new musical of ALW and how he managed to write so many new touching melodies. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2001 by Nazhar