Hit Musical “Billy Elliot” to Air on PBS-TV on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

October 20th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
Ballet Girls, Ruthie Henshall and Elliot Hanna. Billy Elliot the musical. Photo by Adam Sorenson

Ballet Girls, Ruthie Henshall and Elliot Hanna. Billy Elliot the musical. Photo by Adam Sorenson

By Larry Murray

Based on the popular 2000 film, Billy Elliot the Musical took the West End and Broadway by storm, and won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical. Featuring a rousing score by Elton John, Billy Elliot takes place during North East England’s contentious mining strike of 1984, and tells the inspirational story of a young boy’s journey from the boxing ring to the ballet barre, where his life-changing passion for dance transforms his family along with his entire mining town community. Now seen by over 10 million people worldwide, Billy Elliot comes to PBS-TV’s “Great Performances” in a special tenth anniversary production from London’s West End. I was fortunate to be able to preview this program, and it’s simply spectacular, every bit as mesmerizing as the live performance I saw on Broadway.

Still playing in London’s West End, it comes to the PBS Great Performances series at 9pm on Friday (October 23). The acclaimed musical airs as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. The Elton John and Lee Hall’s adaptation of the acclaimed 2000 film, written by Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry, won multiple awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including 10 Tony Awards.

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  1. Erik Speyer says:

    Absolutely fantastic. By far one of the most wonderful shows we have seen on TV. I wish we could see Billy Elliot in person. How is it possible that a child that young can sing, dance, and act as someone much older and experienced?

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