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Billy Elliot is an award-winning musical based on the 2000 film of the same name. The story revolves around the central character, Billy, who longs to become a professional ballet dancer. The music, composed by Elton John, features "Born to Boogie," "Electricity," "We'd Go Dancing," and "Dear Billy."
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Billy Elliot premiered in March 2005 at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London, where it is still showing. It is directed by Stephen Daldry and choreographed by Peter Darling as was the original film. The producers were Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions Plc and David Furnish. The original cast album was released in January 2006.
Set in County Durham, against the backdrop of the coal miners' strike, which lasted twelve months in 1984-85, motherless eleven-year-old Billy inadvertently finds his way into a girls' ballet class run by Mrs. Wilkinson and is attracted to the grace of the dance. Without telling his family, who would prefer that he study boxing, Billy continues to come to the dance class, and Mrs. Wilkinson, recognising his talent, encourages him to audition for the Royal Ballet School in London. Billy's friend Michael is a boy with homosexual feelings, and Mrs. Wilkinson's daughter Debbie is another friend of Billy's. Meanwhile Billy's gruff, conservative father and brother are engaged in a daily battle with policemen in riot gear protecting strike breakers. They struggle to get the family by with very little strike pay. The father comes to terms with his son's desire to be a dancer, as he becomes resigned to the realisation that coal mining is a dying business. The musical gives more emphasis to the miner's strike than the film, and consequently its tone is a bit darker and harder-edged than the film's, but the ending is uplifting nevertheless, and the musical has many comic touches. The show contains language that may be too strong for young children.