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Billy Elliot: The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting
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This Tony Award winner is based on the 2000 movie, with music by Elton John.

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Set in a northern mining town, 'Billy Elliot' is the inspirational story of a young boy who trades in his boxing gloves for ballet shoes. This production opened in 2005 to rave reviews and won ten Tony Awards as well as ten Drama Desk Awards.


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Entertaining, Great singing, Great dancing

See it if Source material. A brave young man (so much talent)

Don't see it if Lacking a heart.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if You LOVE dancing and if you want to see some amazing acting/dancing from child actors! One of my favorite shows!

Don't see it if Go see it!!!

Delightful, Relevant, Resonant, Great staging, Excellent music

See it if you'd enjoy a family-oriented show. Heart-breaking yet glorious. Some numbers were magically choreographed, & E John's music is magnificent.

Don't see it if you don't like movies turned into musicals, or are married to the movie. Trust, it WORKS. Lee Hall's lyrics will break your heart, lovingly.

Exquisite, Dated, Entertaining, Great staging, Unfocused

See it if If you enjoy great dancing and wonderful performances.

Don't see it if If you want a truly deep story where all the songs are relevant and further plot/character.

Delightful, Exquisite, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if you want to be moved and entertained.

Don't see it if you don't like a talented cast and a wonderful script and score.

Exquisite, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Great writing

See it if you love the movie. want to see a brilliant story of family and community and following ones dreams.

Don't see it if you are obsessed with masculinity. Do not like singing and dancing.

Absorbing, Must see, Refreshing, Great dancing, Heartwarming

See it if you care about fulfilling dreams in a realistic setting. Moving, emotional, loved the tunes & the boy who played Billy.

Don't see it if you can't suspend a little disbelief for a few hours.

Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Adorable and great show

Don't see it if No reason not to see it

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like spectacular dancing (ballet style) in an epic style show, which is original, moving, and very smart

Don't see it if you only like comedies or don't enjoy original, intelligent, and beautifully staged shows.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Inspiring

See it if you enjoy a musical that inspires bravery and hope

Don't see it if you prefer light theater that sparkles

Enchanting, Intense, Must see, Great choreography

See it if you love dance and want to experience a truly heartfelt story.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate big dance numbers or want to hear harsh language used.

Delightful, Must see, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to be blown away by dancing- absolutely amazing!

Don't see it if you want to see a show that's more focused on singing

Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Engaging, Touching

See it if If you love a Rocky, rising like a phoenix story, with adorable children and a moving story. You'll tap you feet and cheer for Billy.

Don't see it if You have no soul:-) Or dislike Elton John or child actors.

Great acting, Resonant, Dated, Entertaining, Inspiring

See it if For any of the "Billys." Dance heavy role is so intense they cast 3 at a time. Easily the star. Good introduction to the Miners strike too.

Don't see it if You struggle with Northern British accents, know the movie too well, insist on memorable songs save one. Best for a lovely night out.

Delightful, Great staging, Great dancing

See it if you have a heart / you liked the movie / you are looking for a touching coming-of-age story

Don't see it if you dislike big dance numbers / you hate British accents

Original, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, writing & staging

See it if you are looking for a family friendly musical with a heartfelt story & wonderful dance numbers

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the movie or if you do not care for family dramas, coming of age stories.

Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Dated

See it if You really loved the movie and enjoy the predictability of shows like this.

Don't see it if You need something new and above the already cliched movie.

Delightful, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if You liked Kinky Boots and like stories about working class Brits learning to accept boys/men who engage in behaviors thought to be feminine.

Don't see it if You loved the movie, which is better. Elton's score is disappointing and lacks memorable songs.

Profound, Entertaining, Inspiring, Great staging

See it if you love the movie. It's a great adaptation with a great score, choreography and performances!

Don't see it if inspiring stories about a small town boy following his dreams leaves you cold.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if Love elton john music.

Don't see it if Can be slightly cliched at times, but it's done well.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, A real british history lesson

See it if You like epic musicals. Far reaching story of British coal miners strike, Margret Thatcher and ballet. A boy fights for a life he wants.

Don't see it if You have no feelings for unions and workers, children's struggles to find themselves in alien environments.

Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You want to see what the hype is all about and appreciate West End transfers

Don't see it if You want a musical with a strong book and score

Epic, Masterful, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You're interested in more thought-provoking, important family fare.

Don't see it if You dislike most British-accented musicals.

Great acting, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if Love dance sequences. Especially child driven dance sequences. Have kids with you. Looking for a standard feel good show.

Don't see it if You want something with more depth or feeling. Want to see a realistic show. Don't enjoy children singing. Want something original

Funny, Uplifting, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if you're a dancer or a dreamer. Billy's scenes are light & fun against the darker setting, and the child actors are wonderful!

Don't see it if you're not able to follow accents & you know little about the miner's strike. The strike plays a larger role than in the film