Billy Elliot The Musical at The Fabulous Fox Theatre | Arts & Culture
Based on the international smash-hit film and featuring music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, “Billy Elliot the Musical” has earned critical acclaim on Broadway including 10 Tony Awards.
“Billy Elliot the Musical” is the joyous celebration of one boy’s journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent that inspires his family and his whole community and changes his life forever.
Should I See It?
What is Billy Elliot Like?
A transfer of the smash-hit West End production, Billy Elliot brings on tears and laughs almost simultaneously. The show is decidedly dark, reflecting the bleakness of Billy’s declining hometown and the uncertain future of his struggling family from beginning to end. Don’t despair, however: the show is buoyed with plenty of humor, and the numbers performed by the show’s title stars exceed even the highest expectations. Billy Elliot has an undoubtedly uplifting and touching story to tell, but if you’re looking for a simpler dollop of Broadway fluff, this might not be the best bet.
Is Billy Elliot Good for Kids?
Just because a show is about a child doesn’t mean it’s necessarily for children. The show is littered liberally with the sort of bad language you’d expect to find in a blue-collar community during tough times (some of the best expletives are delivered by the show’s child stars themselves), though nothing worse than you’d hear on your average late-night cable drama. A few mildly violent riot scenes and a 2+ hour running time may make the show unsuitable for your own youngsters, but the show’s message, content and story and content are a definite don’t-miss for ages 8 and above.
“Billy Elliot the Musical” will play March 13-18 at the fabulous Fox Theatre as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2011-12 season. The performance schedule is:
Tuesday, March 13 8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 14 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 15 8 p.m.
Friday, March 16 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 17 2 p.m., 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 18 1 pm., 6:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.broadwayinatlanta.com.