Billy Elliot began as a beloved indie film at the turn of the century and, as 2012 leads into 2013, it remains a cherished story, though now it exists on the live stage in musical form. Billy Elliot the Musical tickets continue to thrive in the West End where it resides at the Victoria Palace Theatre and it is taking a tour of North America, bringing the inspiring story to every major metropolitan area and college town with a major theater.
Lee Hall had read The Stars Look Down, a novel by A.J. Cronin. Though Cronin’s novel was published in 1935, the focus on characters trying to break out of the world as a mining family resonated. Hall created Billy Elliot, made him a phenomenal dancer, and set the story in County Durham during the miners’ strike from 1984 to 1985. Billy comes from a mining family enduring financial hardship with the strike and emotional strife with the passing the family matriarch. Billy is supposed to be learning to box, but instead wanders into a ballet class and immediately shines. Obviously, the patriarch is none too pleased with this development. Eventually his father learns acceptance but his son does not wish to create another financial hardship and take money to attend the prestigious Royal Ballet School in London.
Elton John saw this indie film in 2000 and decided it had to become a musical He contacted Hall and began working on a show for the West End. With Hall as the author of the book and the lyrics and John as the composer of the music, Billy Elliot the Musical took to the West End stage in 2005 and won four of nine nominations at the Laurence Olivier Awards. Four years later Billy Elliot would receive 15 Tony Award nominations and win 10.
Since these impressive debut productions Billy Elliot tickets have remained at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London’s West End, but the Broadway production at the Imperial Theatre ended its run after four years. Luckily, the producers were wise enough to organize a North American Tour that continues through 2012 and 2013.