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Imperial Theater

249 West 45th Street

Approximately two hours and 45 minutes, including intermission

Opening 13 Nov 2008 (Open-Ended)

Broadway Musical

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Billy Elliot musical is a show based on the movie Billy Elliot. The music for the show is given by Sir Elton John with lyrics and screenplay by Lee Hall. The inspiration for the screenplay is from the novel “The Stars Look Down” by A.J.Cronin. The show is directed by Stephen Daldry and choreographed by Peter Darling.

About The Show

The show is funny, light, warm and a good celebration of a young boy’s dream and talent for dance. His dream stands out from his friends who are more interested in boxing. The boy is firm about fulfillment of his dream and trades his boxing gloves for a pair of ballet shoes. The story tells us about his personal struggle and commitment against his family’s wishes, along with a community conflict that is caused due to coal miner’s strike in Northern England. The show opened in London’s West End in 2005 and has won 9 musical awards creating a history in UK box office records.

Billy Elliot musical show was a roaring hit in London for over three and a half years. An American visiting the London Theater would have a tough time with the accent and a dark inspirational story rehearsed in British English. The Broadway version has lost a little of the home turf. The show has an honest emotional touch and is quite old fashioned.

The Story

The story is set in the 1984-85 period in County Durham during the coal miner’s strike. This young 11 year old motherless boy finds himself accidentally in a girl’s ballet class run by Mrs. Wilkinson. This accident becomes a dream for Billy who yearns to learn dance. While his father and brother clash and fight, Billy continues to go to the studio to pick up dancing. He keeps it as a secret from his family who wants him to handle manly jobs. The teacher’s daughter becomes his only friend and also develops a crush on him.

The boxing coach in the meantime informs his dad about his absence from classes which enrages the dad. The dad refuses to understand and accept his talent for dance and forbids Billy from the dance classes. Mrs. Wilkinson is very supportive of his talent and encourages him to audition for the Royal Ballet School in London. When the family gets to know of his continued participation in the classes, he is embarrassed and ill-treated by his father which becomes a setback for him.

One day when Billy’s father secretly peeps into a room where Billy is dancing to a piece he gets blown away by his talent. The father approaches Mrs. Wilkinson to help his son further and confirms that he would try and pay up the fees for the School audition. The father lives up to his promise and his son performs at the audition. Back home they receive a letter of acceptance by the school and Billy takes on to pursue his unconventional dream.

Awards And Recognition

Billy Elliot Musical show was nominated in 2006 for nine Laurence Olivier awards and won four of them - best musical, choreography, sound design and best actor. Mower at 13 years was the youngest to win an award. It has also won the The Evening Standard Award in 2005.

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