On Saturday Night we saw Billy Elliot at the Jubilee as part of the Broadway Across Canada series. Although I have seen part of the movie I was not familiar with the musical so I was in for a bit of a treat in discovery. They have been running commercials on TV for the past month so I was familiar with a few bars of one song but not much else musically. It was a great night of theatre. This is a show that is really about dance and it sure did that well from all in the cast with the lead, Billy Elliot, as a phenomenal stand-out. There are four Billys with the tour. We saw Ben Cook. I was floored at what this kid could do. Not only was he an amazing dancer, but he was also a wonderful actor with a lovely singing voice. It blows me away that they have four of them! That one kid could do all that so well is amazing, but to have four! Wow! There are other talented members in the cast, both young and old. I particularly liked Sam Poon as Michael and Janet Dickinson as Mrs. Wilkinson. Now I do admit, there is not much of the music that has stayed with me, but it was tuneful and in places quite epic but it was the dancing I was watching and it was awesome!
A side note: I am better rested now as I caught a few more hours of sleep this afternoon to compensate for my sleepless night last night. I also spent an hour fiddling with the schedule and I feel less stressed about that. I'm a problem solver and a people pleaser and both of those tend to make me more stressed at times as I take in the challenge of a musical. The sheer size of the casts and structure of the shows often leads to major challenges with scheduling. I am not sure everyone involved realizes that.
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