The New York Post said, 'The best show you will ever see.' Time Magazine wrote, 'A triumph, the number one show of the year.'
Before I say a word about the show, I wanted to mention how delighted I was to see all the new businesses now open on Eutaw Sreet. For far too long that block was filled with empty spaces and blighted buildings.
Billy Elliott, in town through December 30, is noteworthy for many things, first and foremost for being a very good show that earned 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, but also because the music is by Elton John, for many, reason enough to buy a ticket.
The story is set in the north of England during the 1984 miners strike, a very divisive strike in England that eventually saw over 200,000 people lose their jobs. The miners strike however is only one aspect of the plot. The other storyline is Billy Elliott's pursuit of ballet, though his father prefers he concentrate on boxing.
Director Stephen Daldrey said, "What appealed to me most about doing the show was to have the opportunity to delve into the miners strike." He did indeed, even to the point of having Margaret Thatcher ridiculed.
But music and dance are what I think makes this show such a big hit, especially the performance of young Billy Elliott.
According to the press notes, there are four of them, and I can see why. The character is in just about every scene and he works very hard. The role is so much in demand that more than 2,500 boys have auditioned for that role in this country alone.
The story follows the strike, its eventual conclusion and Billy's journey through dance lessons and his big Royal Ballet audition. In short, this is the perfect show to see when taking a break from shopping or just to go see a very good piece of theatre.
Performances are tuesday through Sunday. To find out exact times and ticket prices go to broadwayacrossamerica.com. Or call 410-547-SEAT.
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