What do tutus and coal miners have in common? Well, nothing really, which is why when a young Billy Elliot tells his family of coal miners that he wants to be a ballet dancer, they are all but supportive of his dream.
Billy Elliot the Musical (Broadway Sacramento/California Musical Theatre) at Community Center Theater, is about a boy with an unlikely talent in the midst of a small Northern English town fighting for the preservation of the coal industry they are so dependent on. Although the odds are against Billy getting out of Durham, his talent is his only ticket out of the mines.
Based on the movie of the same name, Billy Elliot features music by Elton John and is gorgeously arranged and performed. As would be expected, the dance numbers are also spectacular, most of which are performed by dancers under the age of 13. Audiences will be in absolute awe that the young boy playing Billy Elliot can not only act, sing, and dance, but can also hold down a Northern English accent with the best of them. Those young actors (the role of Billy Elliot is shared by Ben Cook, Drew Minard, Noah Parets, and Mitchell Tobin) deserve every standing ovation they will receive through the duration of this touring production.
Billy Elliot is a piece of musical theatre perfection, made so by its poignant story, beautiful music, and superb talent both on stage and off. It’s no wonder that Billy Elliot has won a laundry list of Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Billy Elliot plays at the Community Center Theater until April 14, with ticket prices ranging from $24-$99. Tickets are still available by calling (916) 557-1999, at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, or online at Tickets.com. Don’t miss Les Miserables, the final play in the 2012-2013 Broadway Sacramento series, playing from May 29-June 9, and be sure to check out the list of upcoming shows for the 2013-2014 season!