Tricia Thomas’s Event Journal

Billyelliot 031111 v1
Tuesday April 12, 2011 / 7:30pm
Billy Elliot: The Musical
2 tickets

How was your experience?

Clear I hated it I didn't like it It was OK I liked it I loved it!
I was disappointed in the staging at the Keller - - it was too dark. And the sound was both loud and indiscernible, which I'm sure was made worse by the uneven accents of the players. I went in wanting to love the musical as much if not more than I love the movie but I left disappointed. Too many unweildy, unmemorable songs and too little dialog. And despite having seen the movie, my daughter needed me to explain the background story about the unions and Maggie Thatcher as what dialog there was was too garbled to be understood. The dancing, however, was wonderful, and the children made it all worthwhile. In addition to the boys who played Billy and Michael being fabulous, the ballerinas were hysterical and fantastic to watch. It takes an excellent dancer to play a lousy dancer and their first number, where they over danced and clowned, was worth the admission.

Help others enjoy a great night out

Dress up, people. It is the theater, not a drive in.
Easy and cheap. $6 across the street.
After popcorn from celophane bag, l. next seat popped gum til end of show.
The theater will soon be like old timey England, and all I can afford is the peanut gallery.