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Billy Elliot: The Musical

From 459 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

About the show

This Tony Award winner is based on the 2000 movie, with music by Elton John. More…

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.


Member Reviews (459)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging
88
Avg Score

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Enchanting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if touching beautiful tale. Great dancing and score. Enchanting and uplifting.

Don't see it if you don't like dancing, children or British themes.

88
Entertaining, Great staging, Epic, Masterful, Relevant

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

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

86
Enchanting, Great choreography, Intense, Must see

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.

90
Delightful, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant, 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.

88
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.

63
Entertaining, Fluffy, Good dancing

See it if you like dancing, you're taking a child.

Don't see it if you have access and can see the movie, since that's cheaper and better.

88
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.

85
Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, writing & staging, Original

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.

86
Great dancing, Delightful, Great staging

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

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

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.

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Profound, Inspiring

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.

97
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if this show it's pure perfection.Brilliant, funny, devastating,& profound. The music by Elton John deeply enhanced the beauty of this story.

Don't see it if I can not think of any reason to skip this show, I think everyone will enjoy it.

89
Delightful, Great dancing, Great acting, Refreshing, Must see

See it if you want to see a great story and great dancing.

Don't see it if you saw the film.

Also The acting of the boy that plays Billy Elliot is great. It is a story ... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever

See it if Charming

Don't see it if If you don’t Like musicals

94
Beautiful, Great dancing, Heartfelt, Touching, Inspiring

See it if you're a fan of the movie or you love dancing. This has adult themes but a really good message for kids too. Makes you want to stand & cheer

Don't see it if you have a hard time with British accents, or if you fight the urge to cry during shows (you'll lose here).

100
Heartwarming, Great dancing, Must see, Refreshing, Absorbing

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.

95
Absorbing, Great staging, Profound, Must see, Riveting

See it if You want to be put in awe at the talent of the children onstage. The dancing was phenomenal! The music catchy, and visuals powerful.

Don't see it if You don't like Elton John's poppy score.

74
Dated, Great acting, Resonant, 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.

65
Disappointing, Nice story, Overrated

See it if you can't seem to find your copy of the movie. The stage version is nice, but the movie tells the story better. The dancing was amazing.

Don't see it if you need memorable tunes in your musicals. The score fell flat for me.

70
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if Surprisingly, I landed a good seat for BILLY ELLIOT (thanx Mom), but had a hard time understanding the thick North-England accents??

Don't see it if Don't go if U don't like watching kids on Broadway, or if U don't like ballet or Elton John's style of music<-songs sound like his pop hits

89
Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Touching, Engaging

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.

100
Enchanting, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if If you want to see an incredible story that makes you laugh and cry; sympathize with characters; experience a phenomenal score and book live

Don't see it if May be inappropriate for children under 8

100
Delightful, Great staging, Must see, Original, Beautiful book&lyrics

See it if you want an uplifting coming-of-age musical about a young boy dreaming of becoming a ballet dancer. Great acting, singing, staging. Amazing.

Don't see it if you can't understand a thick Geordie accent. There's a lot of swearing. You want a traditional peppy musical.

84
Delightful, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Resonant

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

86
Entertaining, Exquisite, Dated, Unfocused, Great staging

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.


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