Based on the 2000 movie of the same name, Billy Elliot the musical features music by Elton John and choreography by Peter Darling. Set during the 1984 coal miners' strike in Britain, a young Billy discovers his talent and love of ballet, which in turn inspires his community to help him achieve his dream of getting into the Royal Ballet School.
One of four rotating actors who plays Billy, Drew Minard was fabulous on opening night. Many of the child actors are 10-13 years in age, which makes it even more impressive! Jake Kitchin, playing Billy's best friend Michael, almost steals the show with "Expressing Yourself", a number where the two have fun cross-dressing. Janet Dickinson's Mrs. Wilkinson was enjoyable to watch as the ballet teacher, who really believes in Billy.
One of my favourite scenes was Billy's Angry Dance, where Billy let out his frustration and the young actor danced against police shields - such talent!
An amazing performance by the entire cast, Billy Elliot will leave you feeling good and itching to dance.
Billy Elliot will be playing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until April 7, 2013. Visit Broadway Across Canada for more information or purchase your tickets at Ticketmaster.