'Billy Elliot' dances onto Goodspeed Opera House stage

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Goodspeed Musicals is producing “Billy Elliot The Musical,” an adaptation of the 2000 film featuring music by Elton John, starting Friday at The Goodspeed in East Haddam.

The show, which runs through Nov. 24, also boasts book and lyrics by Lee Hall, who wrote the screenplay for the movie version of “Billy Elliot.” He and Elton John clearly got along well because Hall also wrote the screenplay for the motion picture “Rocketman,” which was inspired by Elton John’s life.

"Billy Elliot The Musical" was nominated for 15 Tony Awards in 2009, which tied the record for noms with 2001's "The Producers." ("Hamilton" eventually bested them both, with 16 nods.) "Billy Elliot" won the Best Musical award, along with nine other Tonys.

The story focuses on an 11-year-old boy living in a blue-collar town in England. His mother has died, and his father is a coal miner caught up in a a coal miners’ strike, where workers eventually battle with riot police. Against this backdrop, Billy falls in love with dancing … which is not a passion his father encourages.

As Goodspeed notes, “Billy Elliot” is ultimately about following your dreams and overcoming obstacles.

Billy will be played here by Taven Blanke and Liam Vincent Hutt.

“Billy Elliot,” Sept. 13-Nov. 24, The Goodspeed, 6 Main St., East Haddam; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays (with select performances at 2 p.m.), 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays (with select performances at 6:30 p.m.); tickets start at $29; (860) 873-8668, www.goodspeed.org.

 

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