Billy Elliot the Musical

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Billy Elliot the Musical
On November 2, 2010 I attended the Broadway show “Billy Elliot the Musical” at the Durham Performing Arts Center. I must say this show was definitely one of the most emotional Broadway shows I have ever seen. I do not think there was a single dry eye throughout the whole show. The shows controversial plot about a young boy, who wants to dance and all the people in his town who won’t let him, makes for an exciting and heart racing show. One of the amazing things about Billy Elliot the Musical was how I’m sure it spoke to every person in the audience in a different way. It spoke to all the people who had a dream, but people didn’t approve of that dream, yet they pursued the dream anyway. It speaks to all people who ever hit a rough patch in life and didn’t know what to do. It speaks to anyone who had to deal with the loss of a loving family member. Really, the amazing thing about Billy Elliot the Musical is that it speaks to everyone.

The thing I loved most about Billy Elliot was that one of the main themes in the story is “Dance.” All Broadway musicals have fantastic dancing in them of course, but this certain play particularly singles out dance and exactly what it is. One of the things in the play that spoke a lot to me personally was Billy’s description of dance. When he described his dancing and the feeling that he got from dancing, he said that he forgot everything and felt as if there was a fire in his body and that he felt he disappeared. I understand exactly what Billy was referring to when he said this. When I dance, I feel like none of the problem in the world matter. I can let out all my stress and worries just by dancing. A fire seems to be lit inside of me when I dance and I forget about everything else in the world for those few special moments. I think that is what Billy was trying to say at the time.

Although every dance in the show was incredible, I had two absolutely favorites. My first favorite was...
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