Can a young boy in a down-to-earth mining village break out to become a ballet dancer? Can an underdog film be turned into one of the most lauded and successful musicals of the last five years? And can Elton John make a comeback with a winning collection of tunes? In Billy Elliot: The Musical, the answer to all of these questions is yes. Based on the 2000 film, the musical has wowed audiences around the world. The touring company arrives at the Orpheum this week for an extended run. Set during a British mining strike in the early 1980s, Billy Elliot centers on a young boy with a dream that sets his tough-minded father and family on edge: He wants to dance. Trading boxing gloves for ballet shoes, Billy fights against expectations, prejudice, and the slow crushing of his family's way of life. The musical version, featuring songs penned by Elton John, has earned plaudits wherever it has played, including ten Tony Awards, four Oliviers, and numerous other kudos. The touring production stars Faith Prince (Tony Award winner for Guys and Dolls on Broadway, along with numerous TV and film credits) as dance instructor Mrs. Wilkinson and a quintet of young performers sharing the title role. $38-$133.50. Call for show times.
Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 18, 2 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 6:30 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 22, 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 2 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 25, 6:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 1, 2 & 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Dec. 16. Continues through Jan. 9, 2010