Billy Elliot, the story of a young boy who discovers his love of ballet, is on stage now at the Murat theatre, produced by Broadway Across America. It was a treat to be able to see the show for a second time this year. Seeing it again gave me the opportunity to enjoy layers of depth I missed the first time around. I was able to get past first impressions and reflect more on the story and performances.
When Billy’s mother passes away the Elliot family looses its anchor and is left reeling. Their community is also at war as the miner’s union goes on strike. In the midst of this chaos is the sweet story of a young boy who feels life his desires don’t match up with his environment.
The role of Billy Elliot was played by Noah Parets on Tuesday. The role rotates between three actors and Parets did a wonderful job. He had just the right balance of boyish earnestness and adolescent angst. Billy is trying to deal with feelings of grief after loosing his mother, shame for his growing love of ballet and hope for a future in dancing. That’s a lot for an 11-year-old to cope with and Parets captures that struggle.
I was once again impressed with Rich Herbert’s performance as Billy’s father. I think his role makes this show a bit more accessible for men who might not normally love musicals. He provides a relatable character for almost any father. He’s reluctant to accept his son for who he is and in the world they come from, that’s completely understandable, but his son’s happiness is more important than his pride.
Billy Elliot is about being true to who you are and supporting the people you love no matter what. I can’t think of a better message for a musical to share. On top of that the show is incredibly entertaining!
Don't Miss the Show
The show will run until November 18 at Old National Centre (the Murat Theatre). Tickets can be purchased at Clowes Memorial Hall, Old National Centre, by calling (800)-982-2787 or online at www.broadwayacrossamerica.com. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
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