Now playing at the Majestic Theatre http://majesticempire.com is Billy Elliot, the story of a boy’s quest to realize his dream of dancing with the story of the coal miner’s strike in the background.http://billyelliotthemusical.com
The music started as soon as the lights dimmed and the nearly packed house settled in for a night of music and dance. Humor offsets the seriousness of the miner’s strike and it comes into play early on during the ballet girls’ performance of ‘Shine.’ The audience was a little taken back by the adult language in ‘We’d Go Dancing,’ when Billy’s grandmother talks about her abusive relationship with her husband but it proved effective in making her seem normal. Billy’s anger during “Angry Dance’ was brilliantly emphasized by the red lighting and pounding bass made by the police’s shields hitting the stage. The definite crowd pleasers included “Expressing Yourself’ and “Electricity,’ which fully showed off Billy’s talent for dance as the wowed audience looked on.
Overall, the cast made up of children and adults all make this a worthwhile experience. Theatre newcomer Sylvia Lara echoed what most audience members were commenting when she said, ‘I loved it!’ After the curtain call there is a final dance number by the entire cast.
Billy Elliot plays through Sunday April 1 at the Majestic Theatre. http://majesticempire.com Please note that there is strong language through out the production. Duration is two hours and 45 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.