BILLY ELLIOT Dares to Dance and Dream
Originally published July 30
By Joan Gilmore, The Journal Record
Original article here http://journalrecord.com/2015/07/30/around-town-dare-to-dance-and-dream/
Another hit musical brings an inspirational theme to Lyric Theatre’s final production of the summer. The play is Billy Elliot, which has proved successful after earning 10 Tony Awards. Lyric Artistic Director Michael Baron is bringing the musical to Oklahoma for the first time. The musical opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday at Oklahoma City’s Civic Center Music Hall.
Billy, a 12-year-old British boy, stumbles into a ballet class by accident during the 1964 coal miners’ strike. He discovers that he has a passion for ballet and the necessary talent. Yet dance is not a favorite word during a period of bleak work conditions and hardship surrounding him.
The story about Billy’s passion and persistence for his dreams inspires his entire family and community. Based on the 2000 film of the same name, Billy Elliot features music by superstar Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall.
The title character will be played by Brooks Landegger, a New York City native who’s performed with the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera. Currently, he’s a student at the School of American Ballet. Joining him are Christopher Bloch, as his father, and Lyn Cramer as his mother. Bloch played Scrooge in the 2013 and 2014 production of Lyric’s A Christmas Carol.
Ashley Wells has directed the musical and Amy Reynolds-Reed is choreographer.
Tickets start at $25 and are available at Lyric’s box office, 1727 NW 16th St.; by calling (405) 524-9312; or by visiting LyricTheatreOKC.com. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday.
Sponsors include Chesapeake Energy, the Chickasaw Nation, The Oklahoman, AT&T, Orthopedic Associates and the O.K. Detrick Foundation.