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In the spirit of the holiday season, BILLY ELLIOT is collecting non-perishable items at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office, during all remaining performances, to donate to Rochester’s Foodlink Food Pantry. As a thank you for helping the fight against hunger, BILLY ELLIOT will give you 50% OFF your purchase 2 or more tickets for select seats for all remaining shows.
Review of BILLY ELLIOT: The Musical
Many people know Billy Elliot from its movie released in 2000, however in 2005 the film was adapted into a stage musical spectacular with music by Sir Elton John, and book and lyrics by Lee Hall (who actually wrote screenplay for the movie). This wonderful Tony Award Winning musical has been on stages across the globe seen in London, Australia, South Korea and of course the United States.
Rochester was lucky enough to experience this wonderful production in its 2nd National Tour. I, myself, have never actually seen the movie so I went into the show not exactly knowing what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw.
At first glance, Billy Elliot: The Musical seems to be a story about a boy who is a ballerina, but by the end of the show we find that Billy just wants to be accepted for doing something that he loves and is passionate about.
At the open of the show we meet a young Billy and instantly find that his father and brother are in the midst of a strike at the minery they work at. Billy encounters Mrs. Wilkinson’s Ballet class after an attempt at boxing which just wasn’t for him. He begins to take classes behind his family’s back and his passion for ballet grows along with his natural talent for it.
With a huge cast and amazing production numbers, the cast of Billy Elliot genuinely seem to be having fun on stage which is such a wonderful thing to see as an audience member. One of the most amazing parts of live theatre is to feel the energy that you cannot get from watching something on screen which makes this adaptation far from boring!!
With show stoping numbers such as “Electricity”, “Born to Boogie” and my personal favorite “Expressing yourself”, which is a hilarious musical number where Billy and his best friend Michael dress up in woman clothing and jokingly sing about becoming anything you want and not worrying about what others think, which I think is a great message for everyone, especially children. Self doubt and self esteem issues are something that plague all children growing up and this show sends such a wonderful message of being able to be whatever you want to be with hard work without worrying what the “society norm” is.
The production rotates between four young actors in the role of Billy because of how extremely physical the performance is. On Rochester’s Opening night, we had Kylend Hetherington in the role of Billy. Kylend is not new to this show as he was in the broadway production as the characters ‘Michael’ and ‘Tall Boy’ . I was in awe of this boy who at the age of 13 was able to perform both with such talent, and like the character of Billy, you can very much see that he has a love and passion for not only dance but singing.
The show is so beautifully done and I would recommend it to anybody who wants to have a night out at the theatre and see a wonderful musical a great message….. but don’t take my word for it, go see it yourself!!
Billy Elliot: The Musical will complete its run in Rochester on December 11th, so get your tickets today!!!
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Student Rush For Billy Elliot!
BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL opens tonight! Tickets still available -http://www.rbtl.org/events.aspx?id=39. Student Special: $25 (cash only) Student Rush tickets available 1 hour prior to each performance at the Box Office with Student ID.
Exclusive Billy Elliot contest!
I am very excited to announce that i will be doing an exclusive ticket giveaway for Billy Elliot tickets! The contest is very simple just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org stating what/who inspires you! The most inspirational answer will win a pair of tickets to the Wednesday November 30 at 7:30pm at the Rochester Auditorium Theater. Contest ends on tuesday the 29th at noon and winner will be notified via email!
Veteran’s Day Sale
November 29 - December 11, 2011
Purchase Two Top-Price Tickets to the
Tues. Nov. 29 or Wed. Nov. 30 performance of BILLY ELLIOT
for $111 in Honor of Veteran’s Day - A 10% Savings!
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Also available in person at the Auditorium Theatre box Office. Valid thru 11/30. Not valid toward prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other offers. No refunds or exchanges. Must purchase in multiples of two.
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