101 Words About This Show:
The Broadway musical Billy Elliot takes us to coal country in 1984 Britain, where a widowed miner must come to terms with a dying profession and his son’s desire to dance ballet instead of box.
Billy Elliot won best musical in London and 10 Tonys, with its 16 songs and spotlight on the dancing of the young Billy, who’s portrayed by three actors in rotation in New York as in London.
It’s a story of maintaining hope for the future amid a seemingly hopeless present. For fans of the movie, the musical is a bit darker, focusing more attention on the miners' plight in Margaret Thatcher’s England.
Who’s Who and What’s What:
Billy Elliot is directed for the stage by Stephen Daldry and choreographed by Peter Darling, both of whom worked on the movie. The movie’s scriptwriter, Lee Hall, wrote book and lyrics for the musical, with music by Elton John.
Run time is about two hours and 45 minutes, with intermission.
When and Where:
- Imperial Theater
249 West 45th Street
- Show Times and Tickets
- Opening: November 13, 2008
- Closing: Open-ended run
- Run Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes (including intermission)