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Billy Elliott The Musical - Review

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by Stacey Canavan (subscribe)
I'm a 30 year old female Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Journalism at The University of South Australia in 2013 & completed my Diploma in Photography
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5 Stars - Talented Cast, Catchy Songs, Amazing Routines
Billy Elliott The Musical
Universal Theatrical Group, Working Title Films, Greene Light Stage, Michael Coppel Entertainments and Louise Withers together with the Adelaide Festival Centre present Billy Elliott The Musical running from December 29th 2019 until January 26th 2020. Directed by Stephen Daldry and based on the Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall. This spectacular musical features music by the legendary icon Elton John. Billy Elliot the musical has been seen by over 12 million people worldwide and now Adelaide audiences get to experience the magic.

From the first moments, Ian Macneil's set design was highlighted on the stage. The accessible set on wheels transported the audience back to 1984. The creative choreography by Peter Darling featured elegance and structure that pulled the audience into the dance school and made them feel like they were on this journey with Billy. The 'Born to Boogie' trio of Billy (Omar Abiad), Mrs Wilkinson (Lisa Sontag) and Mr Braithwaite (Dean Vince), as they combined jazz, ballet and tap into a creative cocktail, was fun to watch. All the elements together, great routines, catchy songs and talented actors made this experience so rewarding.

Omar Abiad has talent well beyond his age, at only 12 years old and travelling from Brisbane, he did the role of Billy justice and when he sang the duet with his Mother's memory as he told Mrs Wilkinson (Sontag) something personal about his life - he melted the audience's hearts. It was pure heartfelt emotion that brought tears to the audience's eyes as he made them feel his loss. Abiad took on the role featuring the Broadway song 'Electricity' and sang it with such passion, which showed through that not only was it easy for him to sing and dance to a song that tries hard to explain the amazing feeling actors get on stage, but it showed that he truly feels this when he's on the stage. Abiad has a huge future ahead of him in the musical industry.

Lisa Sontag was an amazing Mrs Wilkinson. She is very talented in both dance and song and fitted into this role perfectly. Her voice and choreography in both 'Shine' and 'Born to Boogie' were incredible. It was great seeing her go head to head with Billy Father (Justin Smith). The audience could feel the tension in the room as the argument grew and felt the love Mrs Wilkinson had to stand by Billy. Vivien Davies (Grandma) brought a hilarious persona to the stage that lifted the spirits of the audience in darker times through the show. Her constant quirky personality and forgetfulness made for great entertainment and nobody was expecting her dance routine in the finale.

It stars as an assemble of talented actors with four young boys and girls sharing the roles of Billy, Michael and Debbie. Saturday, January 4th starred Omar Abiad (Billy), Mrs Wilkinson (Lisa Sontag), Dad (Justin Smith), Grandma (Vivien Davies), Tony (Drew Livingston), George (Robert Grubb), Mr Braithwaite (Dean Vince), Dead Mum (Danielle Everett), Older Billy (Aaron Smith), Big Davy (Damien Bermingham), Michael (James Sonnemann) and Debbie (Gabrielle Daggar).

The musical will feature favourite songs 'The Stars Look Down', 'Shine', 'Grandma's Song', 'Solidarity', 'Expressing Yourself', ' The Letter', 'Born to Boogie', 'Angry Dance', 'Merry Christmas Maggie Christmas', 'Deep into the Ground', 'He Could Be A Star', Electricity', 'Once we were Kings' and 'The Letter'.

Don't miss your chance to see Billy Elliott The Musical live in Adelaide at the Adelaide Festival Theatre this December - January. 5 Stars spectacular show with talented actors and catchy songs deserved a standing ovation on Saturday afternoon.

7.00PM - 7th, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd
7:30PM - 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 26th
1.00PM - 5th, 12th, 15th, 19th, 22nd
2.00PM - 11th, 18th, 25th, 26th
6:30PM - 5th, 12th, 19th

Producer Premium from $149.00
Premium from $119.00
A Reserve from $100.00
B Reserve from $79.00
C Reserve from $65.00
Prices for Wednesday Matinee shown
4 Ticket Offer
Midweek Sunday Evenings $299.00
Friday Evenings $356.00
4 Tickets offer is available in A Reserve only

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Why? Musical Theatre
When: January 4th - 26th
Where: Adelaide Festival Theatre, King William Street, Adelaide
Cost: $65 - $150
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