Excellent, electrifying, and extraordinary. I got to see Billy Elliot the Musical start off its tenth anniversary tour right here in Australia at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. What a brilliant production!
As we all know, this award-winning musical was based on the 2000 film written by Lee Hall, which tells the story of young boy who discovers a love for ballet during the UK coal miners’ strike in the mid 80s, and how he strives towards his dream amidst the adversities. The iconic Elton John wrote the music to Lee Hall’s lyrics.
It was such an incredible experience. I’ve not seen so many kids dance and perform together to a freakishly high standard as what I’ve seen in this production. So many breathtaking and mind blowing moments throughout the show.
And the Billy on the first Saturday night, River Mardesic was just remarkable! I could not believe I was watching a 10 year old just smash it on stage. What was I doing when I was 10? Surely not tap dancing madly or flying on a harness in all the glorious fog!
By Rie Manaloto