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