Photo by Joan Marcus
Billy Elliot started in 2000 as a small-budget film set during a miners’ strike in economically challenged 1984 England. The central character, a boy who wanted to dance ballet, caught Elton John’s eye, and he proposed turning it into a musical. A London hit in 2005, it eventually got to Broadway in 2008, just in time for America’s own economic doldrums. And here it is in Wisconsin four years later. We’re not sure if an 11-year-old boy’s pirouettes will help ease the economic pain of these troubled times, but the show’s dreamy optimism is guaranteed to lift your spirit.
Billy Elliot the Musical July 17-22. Uihlein Hall. Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. 929 N. Water St., 414-273-7206.