Last Sunday 23rd May The Mandela at Joburg Theatre saw the opening night of The Boys in the Photograph, the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s coming-of-age musical, which centers around several members of a local football team in Northern Ireland in the troubled 1970s, and features an all-South African cast.
The show began its run at The Joburg Theatre as South Africa gears up to play host to one of the biggest events in the footballing calendar – the 2010 FIFA World Cup, beginning on 11th June. The Boys in the Photograph cast will play out their final performance of the run on 11th July, the same day as the World Cup final. And audiences need not worry about missing important World Cup fixtures to see the show – the production’s schedule will accommodate major matches to ensure audiences don’t miss out!
Speaking after Sunday’s opening night, producer Bernard Jay said: “It was a fabulous opening night… with a big and genuine standing ovation at the end of the show.”
Well-known South African radio broadcaster Jeremy Mansfield also gave the show a rave review, saying:
“Boys was aaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmmmmmmazing!!!!! It was like watching a movie; never have we seen such superb use of a stage and such impressive movement of sets; up, down, sideways. It was so breathtaking – literally. We loved the story… the message is so relevant. Loved the romance angle too. Boys covered all bases; drama, romance, musical, action (now THAT soccer game is the best I’ve EVER seen!) and Carly Graeme (as Mary)’s voice gave was truly incredible. It was quite simply the most creatively spectacular play we have never seen. A fabulous production. SAs will have to wait a long time before they see something equal to this dazzling extravaganza. Absolutely unmissable! Score? 10/10.”
THE BOYS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH runs in The Mandela at Joburg Theatre from May 18th to July 11th.
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