No, I don't have a boyfriend. No need to freak out. Billy Elliot is a musical now playing on Broadway and yesterday I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to NYC to see it at the Imperial Theater. I went on a bus trip with Sandy (hi, Sandy) through the Barrington Community School (BCS). BCS offers classes and trips on all topics, and their trips to NYC are fabulous. If your not familiar with BCS you should take a look at one of their brochures and see if there is anything that interests you. (OK, full disclosure. I'm on the board of BCS, but that's not why I'm plugging for them. I was a big fan long before I became a board member). Anyway, I digress.
I absolutely LOVED Billy Elliot!!! It was a terrific show. I am so glad I made the effort to go. The show is a musical based on the movie by the same name. The score is by Elton John - whom I absolutely adore - and was very good. The story takes place in Northern England in the mid-1980's during the coal mine strike. Billy's Dad wants him to take boxing lessons like all the other boys, but Billy discovers that what he really likes is ballet. You can imagine what his blue-collar, coal-mining Dad thinks about that!
The show itself is magical. It touches on every emotion. I laughed, I cheered, I cried (OK, I sobbed. Out loud. How embarrassing!) The cast is full of extremely talented kids who can sing, dance and act! The dancing is beyond fantastic. Kiril Kulish, the young boy who played Billy in the show we saw, was amazing. The sets are very clever and the use of shadows was ingenious. If you get the opportunity to see Billy Elliot, don't pass it up. You won't be disappointed. If and when the show comes to PPAC in Providence, I will definitely see it again. It's that good!
If you'd like to get a feel for the caliber of the dancers in the show, take a look at this video http://tinyurl.com/djpjqs which showcases some moments from the auditions. After seeing it I'm feeling tempted to dust off my tap shoes and take lessons again. Maybe I will. The Barrington Community School just happens to offer classes....
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