Being that I am a die-hard Musical Theatre geek, I have always been quite ashamed of the fact that I had never seen Billy Elliot the Musical. But, I got a chance to redeem myself as the show being on the top of my “shows to see list” wasn’t going to cut it for me. I was given the “Billy Elliot The Musical: Live” DVD for Christmas and have finally watched it. Needless to say it is no surprise that all their promotional posters are splattered with quotes such as “The best show in London,” “Utterly Captivating” and “The best musical of the decade.”
Now I can’t deny that I wasn’t skeptical. After the very recent failures of such British Musicals like I Can’t Sing!, Viva Forever and Stephen Ward, including the musical Made in Dagenham also based off a film, (set around the Women’s workers strikes in 1970) I failed to see how Billy Elliot was still going, and better still going into its tenth year. I was even more perplexed by the fact that a truly British Musical based on a subject I didn’t think would be very popular, has seen productions in 8 countries around the world. However what I gathered from watching the DVD, was how the topics of unity, individuality, standing up for what you believe in and expressing yourself, can be universal, despite the great or little knowledge you have of Margaret Thatcher and the Miner’s Strike of ’84-’85 in the North of England.
So, if you believe in the topics I mentioned above, and are a fan of a truly heart warming story about a working class boy’s dream of being a ballet dancer. Or you could a fan of Elton John (who composed the show) and likes listening to anthems promoting “Solidarity”, I recommend you buy Billy Elliot the Musical: Live and see for yourselves. :)
(think I should warn you there is explicit language throughout the show; adds to the character if you ask me!)
and if you’re still not convinced by my post please listen to the opening number :) – (skip to 1:09)