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Billy Elliot: The Musical

A broken family, a city divided, and a pair of satin slippers: Billy Elliot. Toronto, the musical has arrived… and before I tell you that it’s one you shouldn’t miss, let me first explain why.

This harmonic tale is one of a boy, his flight of fancy, and his struggle to achieve it. Sounds like a typical childhood, (and it is), only intensified. Billy begins as a daydreamer. Dreaming of his long lost mother, dreaming the strike that plagues his family will end, and dreaming of becoming a danseur. Now, I don’t want to spoil the whole story so let’s get onto the technical accomplishments.

Like every major Mirvish musical the stage design was mesmerizing. The multitude of moving pieces that made up the multi-purposed scenery worked well to pull the audience into the world of County Durham.

Furthermore, County Durham and its plight played a major role in setting the intense emotional tone evident throughout. Set during the UK Miner’s Strike of 84-85 it’s apparent from the onset that Billy isn’t going to have it easy, (even before he opts out for ballet over boxing). To impress upon the audience the darkness of the strike and the souls involved the lighting comes into play often to do exactly that. Look for Billy’s work with shadows and the miner’s chorus for great examples in clever acts of illumination.

Most important of all is the dancing. Choreography abounds and includes not only ballet, but tap and interpretive as well. The passion that plays out in Billy’s footwork is awaited at every turn. From his first clumsy steps to his future work in Swan Lake all you’ll want to see is Billy spin and sway.

And that’s all you should want to see! Despite being a story about family, friendship and the love provided by both, Billy Elliott is ultimately about desire and dance. It’s a reminder to everyone sitting in their seats that you shouldn’t be apologetic about your aspirations, that you shouldn’t be ashamed of who you are, and that you shouldn’t be afraid to dance!

Oh ya… this is a show you shouldn’t miss ;)

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    this was an A-mazing show.
    so glad you let me tag along to this.
    side note: Sir Elton himself was there and yup, we saw him ;)

    • Anonymous

      Yes we did… Side note #2: The Cuban boy who played Billy in our performance is said to be the greatest to ever play the role. We all obviously agreed :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Michael-Elliott/500513490 Christopher Michael Elliott

    I JUST WANNA DANCE!!!

    That was an amazing review my good sir. Impressive to say the least. I can’t wait to see this play!!

    • Anonymous

      Bring one of those two women I always tell you to say hello to ;)

      Love you slime!!!

  • KWgirl

    I’m SO jealous you got to see this. When we were at the London West End this was playing across the street from Wicked, which was the show we had tickets for. Loved the movie so
    I’m sure seeing it on stage was even more awesome! LOVE me my musicals!

    • Anonymous

      It was amazing! Especially being there opening night with Elton John in the audience. All the glamor aside it was an amazing production and I’ll have to do an MLatM on the movie soon :)

      LOVE YOU MOM!!!

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