From more than 3,000 hopefuls, a trio of young dancers has been selected to follow in the brilliant footsteps of Jamie Bell in Stephen Daldry and Elton John's stage version of Billy Elliot. He's a hard act to follow. By Kate Kellaway in The Observer:
If you were to walk into the Victoria Palace Theatre without any clue of what was going on, you would think the management had gone mad and converted it into an eccentric children's home. The organisation required to put on this £5.5 million production of Billy Elliot is jaw-dropping, not least because theatre regulations forbid children to perform more than five times a week. click for more
******************************** Billy Elliot and the miners' strike
Take a ‘poofy’ dancing kid, the miners’ strike, Elton John and an Oscar-winning team, put them together and what do you get? Billy Elliot the Musical. It’s a real class act, says Simon Fanshawe in The Sunday Times.
There will be something of a shock when Billy Elliot the Musical opens in May in the West End. Because it is a show as much about the miners’ strike as it is about dancing pumps, a boy’s ambition in a “girls’ world” and the grinding, old-fashioned machismo of the working-class northern dad. Twenty years after its conclusion, the strike provides the narrative book ends of the piece, which starts on the day the men come out and ends on the day they go back. Instead of a grown-up Billy, leaping to fame as the swan prince, there is the stoic return to work. click for more