With incredible music written by Elton John, and a Tony Award-winning producing and creative team, Billy Elliot The Musical is a moving, powerful show that will surprise and inspire you. This beautiful story offers something special for everyone, whether you’re a parent or child, a teacher or student. Billy Elliot The Musical reminds us how important it is, whether you’re pursuing your own dream, or helping someone achieve theirs, to never give up and to never stop believing. You can catch Billy Elliott The Musical at the Fox November 1-13. Here’s a guide to help you get to know the show and what makes it fabulous!
The Characters: All Together Now!
Meet the incredible members of Billy Elliot’s community: Billy’s family, which includes his Dad, his older brother Tony, and his Grandma; Mrs. Wilkinson, the local ballet teacher and her class of hilarious and adorable ballet girls; the town’s miners, including Billy’s Dad and Brother, who fight to survive during a tumultuous strike. Each character plays a unique and important role in Billy’s life, caring for, teaching, encouraging and supporting him and helping him succeed.
The Setting: Coal Mines and Picket Lines
While set in a fictitious town, Billy Elliot The Musical takes place during a historically important time in England’s history. 1984 and 1985 were very difficult years for the workers who toiled in Northern England’s mines as they went on strike, while also trying to support their families. Lee Hall, author of the film and musical, experienced first-hand what it was like growing up in a small English town during these tumultuous events with dreams that, at the time, seemed unattainable. You can read more here about how Lee’s experiences growing up inspired the story of Billy Elliot.
The Story: Working Class meets Dance Class
Billy’s father, a widower, is raising Billy as a single parent. He does what he believes is best for Billy, including sending him to boxing lessons after school, but Billy stumbles into a dance class and discovers that he’s more suited for ballet shoes than boxing gloves. The story of Billy is interwoven with the struggle of his father, his brother, and the many mine workers in Billy’s town. The choreography plays such an important role in telling the story of how they continue to fight for what they believe in, despite the odds stacked against them.
You’ll Especially Love: The Billys
The role of Billy Elliot is both physically and emotionally demanding, and would be for actors twice or even three times the age of the actors who portray Billy. Four talented young actors share the role of Billy Elliot to ensure that each of them have ample time to rest after each performance. Each actor who portrays Billy must undergo an intensive training process including instruction in acting, ballet, tap, acrobatics and singing, in addition to their regular academic studies. You will be truly amazed at the dedication, skill and passion of these young performers.
Your Ticket to Billy Elliot the Musical:
“If Billy Elliot is about one thing, it is that we are all capable of making lives for ourselves which are full of joy and self-expression, whilst we might not all become ballet dancers we are capable of finding moments of real profundity and creativity whatever our circumstances.” –Lee Hall
We hope you enjoy Billy Elliot The Musical at the Fox! Tickets are still available for all performances.
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