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‘Billly Elliott’ at the Fox Theatre March 13-18

2012 March 12


Oh, boy! Here it is, the show I’ve been dying to see since it rocked me out of my chair while watching the Tony Awards in 2009! “Billy Elliott the Musical”  ended up winning 10 Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical.

The play, adapted from the 2000 film “Billy Elliott,” is about an 11-year-old boy who struggles to become a dancer. His father, a coal miner who is out on strike during the 1984-1985 UK miners strike,  forbids him to take ballet and encourages him to take boxing lessons.  Against the odds, Billy struggles to pursue his dream of becoming a dancer in spit of his father’s wishes.

When Sir Elton John saw the film “Billy Elliott” screened at the Cannes Film Festival, he was so touched by Billy’s struggles–which he has said resembled his own personal struggles growing up–he began writing the music for “Billy Elliott the Musical.”

The musical has been playing in London consistently since 2005, and my mother said the Broadway show she saw was phenomenal.

The national touring company coming to the Fox Theatre played in Miami earlier this month, and the Miami Herald raved about it.

Music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, the show runs at the Fox Theatre through March 18.

 

 

 

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