What a piece of musical-making is "Billy Elliot," the story of a boy who wants to be a dancer, set against a backdrop of striking coal miners on the edge of economic collapse in Thatcher's England. Talk about cognitive dissonance, this story is the epitome of unlikely scenarios for a boy brought up in such a culture. The musical begins with the devastating strike of which was called in an attempt to save the coal industry from the closures instigated by Margaret Thatcher. The miners were out of work for a year during which time several skirmishes with the riot police took place. But a funny thing happened on his way to boxing -- Billy inadvertently finds himself in a ballet class and discovers his true calling. Knowing he'll never sell Dad and Tony on this idea, he lets himself be secretly taught by the dance teacher, Mrs.
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Billy Elliot: The Musical
More Playbill Covers. Billy Elliot: The Musical. Broadway Musical Original. SYNOPSIS: Based on the hit film of the same name, Billy Elliot tells the story of a boy from a family of coal miners who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, even though his father wants him to box. People Haydn Gwynne.
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Reuniting the award-winning team behind the moving film and featuring the musical mastery of Sir Elton John, Billy Elliot shares the inspiring story of a poor, working-class boy who discovers his passion for dance as his family grapples with adversity. Performances ended on Jan. Based on the Academy Award nominated film of the same title, Billy Elliot is the story of its namesake star, a young boy in a depressed working-class mining town in the North of England. But as Billy blossoms and thrives, the world and lives around him continues to wither—and his only escape may be the prestigious Royal Ballet School, a place no working-class boy has ever gone, or been allowed to go to, before. Review by Richard Zoglin from Time. Skip to main content. Shows Buzz Video Groups. Home Shows.
It was — good gosh, can this possibly be right? They ate pizza and drank milkshakes, because that is how old they were, three kids unknown to Broadway at that point, the last boys standing from a nationwide culling of young dancers. They were on the verge of being huge. Ten years ago this June, they walked up together onto the Radio City Musical Hall stage to receive the Tony Award for best performance by a leading actor in a musical, the first trio ever to do so. Broadway runs come to an end, as does prepubescence. To where? But no one comes out of the teenage years unchanged, not even Billy Elliot. On a recent gorgeous Friday night in Manhattan, Mr. Kowalik and Mr. Alvarez strolled into the restaurant Bond 45 — Mr.