Opening night of ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ only days away
Billy Elliot the Musical is a story about an eleven-year-old boy from a small coal mining community in County Durham, UK and takes place amidst a miner’s strike in the mid 80’s. The story follows what happens to Billy after he secretly skips boxing classes to attend ballet lessons and the reaction from his all-male family.
2009 Tony Awards – “Angry Dance” performance presented by Elton John
The musical has received great reviews everywhere it’s been performed so far. London, Sydney, New York (Broadway) and Melbourne each gave it numerous prestigous awards, not limited to Best Musical and Best Actor (awarded jointly to its 3-4 boys who alternate the role of Billy Elliot.)
And Broadway loved it. The show tied with The Producers in Tony Award nominations with 15, and Billy Elliot the Musical won 10 of those 15 awards. Most notably it won the 2009 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (jointly won among three actors who alternate roles,) Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Choreography.
Also worth noting, Elton John and Lee Hall were nominated for Best Original Score. Lee Hall wrote the book, lyrics, and screenplay while Elton John composed the music.
Reviews from prominent media forums:
- “The best musical of the decade” and “A triumph.” Time Magazine
- “So exhilarating that at times you feel like leaping” Daily News
- “A global theatrical phenomenon” Los Angeles Times
- “The best show you will ever see” and Elton John’s “Best score yet” New York Post
- “The most inspiring show I’ve seen in years” New York Times
- “Impossible to resist” Chicago Tribune
Billy Elliot the Musical opens March 18th at the Ford Center. The approximate run time of the show is 2 hours and 45 minutes, including intermission. It is recommended for ages 8+ and includes some strong language.
At this time, there is no final show scheduled for the Chicago run at 24 W. Randolph Street. This will be determined by the show’s producer and most likely be dependent on ticket sales and the amount of buzz it receives.