Billy Elliot

Anne and I went to the Muny last night. We saw “Billy Elliot the Musical”. This is a new show for the Muny, although Anne had seen the musical when it appeared at the Fox. We had both seen and liked the 2000 movie, “Billy Elliot”. The music was by Elton John, with lyrics and book by Lee Hall, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie. Billy is from a working class family in northern England. His mum has died and his father is a coal miner. At the beginning of the show the miners walk out on strike. They are battling Maggie Thatcher. With this backdrop, Billy finds that he does not like boxing, but does like dancing, ballet dancing. This unusual choice leads to problems in his family life. It was a very enjoyable performance.

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