Review Billy Elliot UK Tour…
Billy Elliot is one of the worlds most magical, moving, brilliant, inspiring and captivating musicals in history.
I was lucky to be at the West End & Broadway opening nights. Tonight I visited the UK Tour at the Birmingham Hippodrome and was once again blown away by this shows utter brilliance & genius….
This has to be the BEST BRITISH MUSICAL IN HISTORY. It’s just perfect. Simply perfect.
You cannot fail to be moved by the stunning talent of the children, the crafted & cutting script, the perfect set design and incredible music and sound.
BILLY ELLIOT will make you laugh & cry in equal measure and then amaze you with some of the most brilliant choreography to ever grace the UK stage.
It’s not scaled down for the tour – it’s just as beautiful as Broadway and as wonderful as the West End. A 5* masterpiece!
Book for the Birmingham Hippodrome until April 29th HERE!
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With music by Elton John & written by Lee Hall – it truly is one of the most magical & brilliant 3 hours of British theatre & performance.
Elton’s ‘Electricity’, ‘Solidarity’, ‘Deep into the ground’ & ‘The Letter’ are simply showstoppers. Bring tissues – it gets heavy!
However, Do not think this is Disney, It’s not! It’s an adult & emotional story of a boys struggle to fulfil his dreams. It’s a story of a decimated community fighting for survival.
With powerful imagery, huge showbiz dance numbers and heart breaking pathos – this is a joy of a standing ovation inducing musical.
Billy Elliot has incredibly strong language throughout.
Set in a northern mining town in County Durham, against the backdrop of the miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true.
Tonight’s Billy was Lewis Smallman, ironically from Brum not the North East. He perfectly covered the “all right am ya’s” with impeccable “wye aye man’s”.
Such breathtaking talent can only leave you in absolute awe. Only 12 years old and an incredible Star – he’s worth the ticket alone. Just inspiring.
Nods also to the captivating Annette McLaughlin as Mrs Wilkinson, Martin Walsh as the perfect ‘Dad’, Scott Garnham as the distressing brother & the delicious Andrea Miller as Grandma.
It’s very rare a show roles into town of this quality and brilliance.
Don’t miss the 5* Billy Elliot on tour through 2017:
Until the 6 MAY 2017 BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
Liverpool Empire – 09 May 2017 – 27 May 2017
Milton Keynes Theatre – 30 May 2017 – 17 June 2017
Review by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio 9th March 2017.