Friday, 4 March 2011

Billy Elliot: The Musical, Canon Theatre, Toronto

Gord, Sister Sarah and I saw Billy Elliot: The Musical tonight

Billy Elliot: The Musical is a joyous, exciting and feel-good celebration of one young boy’s triumph against the odds. Called “The most inspiring show I've seen in years” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, the story follows Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring, into a ballet class and discovers his dream to dance. Full of life, laughter, award-winning choreography and an unforgettable score by Elton John, this uplifting show will stay with you forever.

Based on the international smash-hit film, Billy Elliot is brought to life by the Tony-winning creative team — director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall — along with music legend Elton John, who has written what the New York Post calls “his best score yet!”

It's playing at the Canon Theatre and just started on Tuesday (Elton John and David Furnish were in town for the premiere).

I've never seen the movie but kind of knew the story. It's gotten great reviews ... the Toronto Star gave it 4/4 stars.

I enjoyed the play and didn't find it dragged. I was caught up in the story and enjoyed the dancing.

About the half the cast in this musical are kids. I'm not a fan of kids in plays and musicals ... all the kids in this one are really good.

There are four "Billys" ... our "Billy" was Cesar Corrales. He was Billy during Tuesday's opening night that got the great reviews. He was a fabulous dancer.

I also enjoyed the character of Michael ... I think it was Dillon Stevens (there are a couple boys who alternate this part). He was excellent, very funny.

The closing finale was fun!

My only complaint would be the fake accents. I know it's set in England but I think they could have skipped the fake accents and we'd still know. I found the accents were really exaggerated at times.

It's going to be around for a while ... if you get a chance, you should go see it.


Suburban Princess said...

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I read your Canoe post and decided to go there for my birthday lunch in a few weeks! I had totally forgotten about that place!

Anonymous said...

I saw the Saturday night show. Not too impressed! I thought the music, for the most part was forgettable. The Asian kid who played Billy was a good dancer, but a so so actor. His accent was annoying, as were others. I don't know if the Canon theatre's acoustics suck or the sound system sucks, but the sound SUCKED! I couldn't understand half of the dialogue, it was so bad. The dancing was good and the energy of the performers was good, but the whole thing just lacked focus and inspiration. I would give it 2 out of 4 stars. I really don't get all the hype around this show.

Teresa said...

Looks like you had a fun and busy week with your Sister.

Way Out Wear said...

Oh interesting, I've heard so much about it!

Tina said...

not really my kind of thing. im a pantomine girl haha