Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Musical "Billy Elliott" In London's Victoria Theatre An Absolute Smash

-- written from London

Sometimes, a production is such an absolute smash, people should come from the ends of the earth to see it.

That is true now of the musical "Billy Elliott" at London's Victoria Theatre. Many of us viewing it last night on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's London tour thought it was the finest musical they had ever seen. We came out of the theatre on an absolute high.

This is the story of a 12-year-old boy who comes out of a miner's family to become the best child dancer in all England, and he and every member of the huge cast, including many other children, and many grizzled miners, are fabulous from start to finish, keeping the audience in a state of rapt attention.

The London theatre is no longer cheap. Our tickets were $120 each, but worth every penny.

The show was a popular movie a few years ago, but the show, with new music by Sir Elton John, and sets that are stupendous, puts the movie in the shade.

Last night, as every performance, was a sellout, so if you come to London, you'd better buy well in advance, but this is simply not to be missed. It puts Oklahoma, South Pacific and My Fair Lady all in the shade.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

From LA Observed:

Baquet out at Times *

Times editor Dean Baquet "is stepping down under pressure from Tribune Company," the Wall Street Journal says in an online story citing "people familiar with the situation." He just confirmed it in an email to the staff:

By now you've seen the Wall Street Journal story on L.A. Observed that I'll be leaving the paper. Believe me, I didn't want it to come out this way. Give me some time, and I'll talk to the entire newsroom later this afternoon, at 3 p.m. outside my office. And do me an even bigger favor. Let's do a hell of a job on the election tonight. Best,

Dean

I'm told his last day is Friday and that newsroom speculation is that the Tribune leaked the story to the Wall street Journal, perhaps hoping it would be buried in election day news. The Times website now has a story up. The WSJ story by Sarah Ellison says "Mr. Baquet's departure is likely to ratchet up tensions between the L.A. Times' newsroom and Tribune, just as Tribune's board is exploring the sale of the company or individual assets....The departure of the top editor could spark an exodus of other editors." Just last month, Baquet talked tough at a gathering of national newspaper editors and urged them to resist cuts from above. He previously had admitted that he considered leaving the Times when Tribune ordered the cuts that spurred the departure of publisher Jeff Johnson. On Oct. 5 he told his editors he would be staying.

His foreign correspondents recently donned t-shirts in his honor.

Updated repeatedly with more news

11/07/2006 2:19 PM  

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