We weren’t born to stand still - Billy Elliot
We weren’t born to stand still - Billy Elliot
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Thank you for one of the best musicals I’ve ever had the privilege of seeing.
i was asked why i like billy elliot
so im gonna try and explain that here without crying or vomiting words out
● right so billy elliot is the story of this kid who lives in a mining town and comes from a working class family but who discovers he has a passion for ballet
and like im from a working class background and live in this shitty little place but ive got a passion for the ARTS and thEAAAATRE
so theres a similarly there yknow
so i get the whole struggle with coming from a place that doesn’t really have much of a tolerance for the thing you love and not a great deal of money to pursue it etc etc
● at the same time as all of this is going on in the show theres billys older brother tony. and I fucking LOVE TONY TO DEATH. I could write essays about tonys character and motivations and feelings and just….. god. tony elliot you fucking sanctimonious little shit I LOVE YOU. hes cares so deeply about keeping his community and his family together and seems like an Angry Young Man but hes so much more than that. he also looks hella good as an elf. and in underwear. and basically I get a huge love boner for ANYONE that plays tony, even if they’re like a cover or second cover or emergency cover. I just love all the Tonys.
● the ensemble of this bloody show are something else, too. I genuinely do forget that billy’s story is happening a lot of the time cause I’m so focused on little things the ensemble are doing. (yes yes I know I have an ickle thing for some of them WHATS THE PROBLEM WITH THAT MY POINT IS STILL VALID ITS NOT MY FAULT THEYRE CUTIES) they add such an extra dimension and context to the main action and the show could literally just be about them and still make me fucking cry a lot. And laugh. Very laughy.
● the DANCING. you don’t know awesome until you see little 11 year old ballet girls dancing around a bunch of big miner and police officer lads. its wonderul. the choreography is genius.
● see it from higher up and the use of lighting and shadows is like whoa. I had seen it about 15 times before I’d seen it from higher up. It was like a different show. So much is going on with the lights and shadows. So cool.
● the music. Is so. Catchy. It kills. Me. I honestly think solidarity is one of the best musical theatre songs ever.
● seeing kids half your size dance and act better than you EVER WILL BE ABLE TO is simultaneously soul crushing and extremely inspiring
● FUCKIN GEORDIE ACCENTS ARE SO BOSS IM GONNA MARRY ALL THE GEORDIES
● billy’s mum is such a precious angel even though she’s dead and she makes me so happy she’s so sweet and makes me cry manly tears
● the wig department is the best in the west end. official shannon fact.
● OLIVER AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER 2013 AND ITS BEEN RUNNING FOR 9 YEARS NOW WOW GOOD JOB YOU STILL GOT IT
● the theatre is like home. such a sexy building. I wish to sleep with it.
● the cast are absolute sweet muffins and they were the first cast I ever “got to know” and its kinda like coming to visit your strange and awesome cousins who live down south whenever im there.
● its right next to a train and bus station. very convenient. most important thing.
● (ok im very bad at bullet points yes)
● this whole show and story and cast and everything mean the absolute world to me. I literally had an anxiety attack last time I was there during the show cause I got so upset about the thought of anyone leaving and of things changing. one time exactly a year before that I threw up in the theatre for the same reason. lets place bets on what physical reaction my body will have NEXT year, eh???
I highly recommended you selling your soul to Billy Elliot today. Front row of the stalls is only £20.50. Hope to have you join me one time.
Olivier winner Ruthie Henshall is to join the London cast of Billy Elliot the Musical as Billy’s dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson. Henshall will begin …
Promo for the Norwegian Billy Elliot production + some shots of the boy who will play Billy (Kevin Haugan)
Some scenes of the US Tour were filmed when it stopped in Brazil (I guess I should call it “American Tour” then, since it went beyond the US!). Here’s “Dream Ballet”, and “Shine” and “Expressing Yourself” can be found here and here.
Breakfast Scene - Aaron Watson
I’ve been planning to do this for a while now. While in London, I picked up an extra program from every musical I’ve seen, and they’re up for giveaway to a good home. As a bonus, you’ll get a Once keychain and a Book of Mormon pin, plus a Hedgehoghugs original t-shirt (shop opening soon, watch this space ;)) that should suit all your fandom (let’s face it, mostly Les Mis) needs. (T-shirt is female only, will be in a size you want, and can, if giveaway winner so prefers, be exchanged for a different t-shirt, including two male options, to be discussed with the winner :)). I will also throw in a fandom surprise based on the winner’s interests.
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Based on the discussions I’ve see, the top guesses for the Opera’s new musical are Phantom of the Opera and Billy Elliot – though it seems neither of these guesses is based on any reasoning or fact whatsoever. People just seem to be wishing really hard that it’s one of those…
Let it be Monday already, I feel ready to explode.
Billy Elliot doesn’t really fit the “international” label IMHO, with only one “foreign” production so far.
Some suspect Chess aswell, with the recent Göteborgsoperan production.
I’d be surprised if it’s Billy Elliot, only because Det Ny Teater just announced that they will produce a giant, kick-ass production of it, opening January 2015.
Though Det Ny Teater does refer to it as “den internationale kæmpesucces BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL” (the international mega hit Billy Elliot the Musical).
Billy is rather international; it’s played in 6 countries so far, but only once was it translated out of English so IDK if that’s what’s needed to be considered “international”
Dream Ballet - Won-hee Cho (Dad) and Sunu Lim (Billy)