L'histoire se passe dans le comté de Durham en Angleterre, lors des grèves de mineurs de 1984 et 1985 suite aux réformes proposées par Margaret Thatcher. Billy, un jeune garçon âgé de 11 ans, s'entraine à boxer, comme le veut son père. Un jour, il s'attarde dans le gymnase après son cours de boxe et participe à un cours de danse classique sous la houlette de Miss Wilkinson. Par la suite, il cesse d'assister aux cours de boxe pour lesquels il n'a aucun goût et devient le seul garçon du cours de danse en cachette de son père. Pensant qu'il a du talent, Miss Wilkinson l'encourage à auditionner à la Royal Ballet School de Londres contre l'avis de sa famille.Synopsis complet
Un bonheur absolu. L'histoire est jubilatoire et est servie par des cast de jeunes acteurs incroyables. A ne rater sous aucun prétexte.
1 Billy Elliot peut-être considéré comme un Top musical
2 Billy Elliot s'intéresse à un événement historique important: Grève des mineurs Angleterre en 1985.
based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot
Génèse du musical
Original London production)
The musical was planned to premiere at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. This was abandoned due to the financial problems of the Tyne Theatre's operator and the production's growing budget.
The musical premiered in the West End at the Victoria Palace Theatre, opening in previews on 31 March 2005 and officially on 11 May 2005; it is still running today, with the booking date recently being extended to 15 December 2012. It reportedly cost £5.5 million to produce (the original film version cost $5 million). The producers were Working Title Films, Old Vic Productions Plc and David Furnish. It was directed by Stephen Daldry and choreographed by Peter Darling, as was the original film. Liam Mower, James Lomas and George Maguire were the original actors who alternated in the title role, and the supporting cast included Haydn Gwynne as Mrs. Wilkinson and Tim Healy as Billy's father. The sets were designed by Ian MacNeil, and the costumes were by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting was by Rick Fisher, and sound by Paul Arditti. The original cast album was released on 10 January 2006.
The musical received favourable reviews: the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer called it "the greatest British musical I have ever seen", and The Daily Mail thought it "a theatrical masterpiece".
Billy Elliot the Musical won four Laurence Olivier Awards: Best New Musical, Best Actor (awarded jointly to James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower, the boys who played Billy), Best Sound design and Best Choreographer. It also won the Evening Standard Award as well as the Critcs Circle Award and the Theatregoers Choice Award, all for Best Musical. On 12 May 2006, the three original Billys appeared together in a performance of the musical to celebrate its first anniversary. The three rotated the role during the performance and were joined at the end by Sir Elton John.
Billy Youth Theatre
Billy Youth Theatre is a countrywide scheme as part of which participating schools and youth groups will be given the opportunity to stage their own production of this internationally award-winning show. Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall, together with Martin Koch (Musical Supervision and Orchestrations), have adapted their original script and orchestrations to produce a shortened version of the show exclusively for groups staging local productions as part of Billy Youth Theatre.
Original Australian production
The musical opened at Sydney's Capitol Theatre on 13 November 2007, directed by Daldry in association with Julian Webber, and choreographed by Darling. Rhys Kosakowski, Lochlan Denholm, Rarmian Newton, and Nick Twiney alternated in the title role. The production earned good notices, and in January 2008 it won Best Musical at the 2008 Sydney Theatre Awards. The show also won seven Helpmann Awards, including the awards for Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Actress (Genevieve Lemon as Mrs. Wilkinson) and Best Actor, awarded jointly to the four boys who played Billy Elliot. The production concluded in Sydney on 9 November 2008 with all eight Sydney Billys in the finale.
The Sydney production transferred to Melbourne's Her Majesty's Theatre, opening on 13 December 2008. The Melbourne production closed on 14 June 2009 after a successful run.
Original Broadway production
The Broadway production opened at the Imperial Theatre on 1 October 2008 in previews and officially on 13 November 2008. The London production's creative team directed and designed the Broadway production. The title role was rotated among three young actors, David Álvarez, Kiril Kulish and Trent Kowalik, the last of whom had played the role in London. The supporting cast included Haydn Gwynne, reprising her role of Mrs. Wilkinson from the London production, and Gregory Jbara as Billy's father. The production received rave reviews: Time called it a "triumph"; critic Liz Smith termed it "breathtakingly brilliant" and "absolutely, unequivocally awesome"; the Daily News said it was "so exhilarating that at times you feel like leaping"; the New York Post said it was "almost like being in love" and termed it "amusing, perfect and passionate" and "the best show you will ever see"; and the Los Angeles Times called it a "global theatrical phenomenon". It has also been very financially successful, with $20 million taken in advance ticket sales. The production received fifteen Tony Award nominations, tying with The Producers for the most nominations ever received by a Broadway show, and winning ten. The original three boys in the lead role jointly won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. The production recouped its original investment of $18 million in 14 months and, as of 2010, continues to sell strongly. On 3 October 2011, it was announced that the Broadway Production will close on 8 January 2012 following 40 previews and 1,304 regular performances.
Liste des chansons
"The Stars Look Down" – Company
"Shine" – Ballet Girls, Mrs. Wilkinson & Mr Braithwaite
"Grandma's Song" – Grandma
"Solidarity" – Ballet Girls, Billy, Mrs. Wilkinson, Miners & Police
"Expressing Yourself" – Billy, Michael, and Ensemble
"The Letter (Mum's Letter)" – Mrs. Wilkinson, Mum and Billy
"Born to Boogie" – Mrs. Wilkinson, Billy, and Mr. Braithwaite
"Angry Dance" – Billy & Male Ensemble
"Merry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher" – Tony and Partiers
"Deep Into the Ground" – Jackie
"Swan Lake" – Billy and Billy Older Self
"He Could Be a Star" – Jackie and Tony (called "He Could Go and He Could Shine" in US productions)
"Electricity" – Billy
"Once We Were Kings" – Company
"The Letter (Billy's Reply)" – Mum and Billy
Finale – Company
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Versions majeures de Billy Elliot
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Billy Elliot (2005-05-Victoria Palace-London)
Qualité: ***** Intérêt: ****
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Billy Elliot (2014-11-Circustheater-Scheveningen)
Qualité: ***** Intérêt: *****
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