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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Billy Elliot: The Musical

Tonight @ Marcus Center, 8 p.m.

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Writer Lee Hall never expected Elton John to attend the first public showing of his colorful film Billy Elliot at the Cannes Film Festival, and he certainly never expected to collaborate with him to make the film into a musical. Hall wrote the lyrics and John composed the music for the hit Billy Elliot: The Musical, which was first performed in London in 2005 and won 10 Tony Awards in 2009. The musical, about a young boy who pursues his passion of dance while his community struggles to find work, features a rotating cast of boys who personify Billy and his community's heartbreak with their innocent singing, aggressive tap dances and graceful ballet numbers. (Multiple performances through Sunday, July 22.)