18 Songs, 1 Hour 24 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Billy Elliot, a 2000 film adapted as a 2008 Tony award-winning Broadway musical with the help of writer Lee Hall, director Stephen Daldry and musical legend Elton John, features an original cast recording that’s a striking collection of musical theater. It pulls together the story of an 11-year old British boy from a working class family who discovers he prefers ballet over boxing and especially over a predestined future as a coalminer. The cast handles the shifting emotional tides, such as the swelling, epic opener, “The Stars Look Down,” the jazzy stage number (“Shine”), the confrontational, rock-based instrumental “Angry Dance,” and the mercurial mood piece “Grandma’s Song” with equal grace and ease. Dialogue knits its way through the melodies. Elton John fans should be forewarned that this is John immersing himself in the conventions of musical theater — very successfully so — and not his usual singer-songwriter fare. Though, it should be noted, the special edition of the soundtrack includes a bonus of Elton John performing three tracks (the official “tearjerker” note from Elliot’s late mother, “The Letter,” the festive, celebratory and class-warring “Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher” and the reasons-for-living piano anthem “Electricity”) with John’s trademark piano and vocals leading the charge.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Billy Elliot, a 2000 film adapted as a 2008 Tony award-winning Broadway musical with the help of writer Lee Hall, director Stephen Daldry and musical legend Elton John, features an original cast recording that’s a striking collection of musical theater. It pulls together the story of an 11-year old British boy from a working class family who discovers he prefers ballet over boxing and especially over a predestined future as a coalminer. The cast handles the shifting emotional tides, such as the swelling, epic opener, “The Stars Look Down,” the jazzy stage number (“Shine”), the confrontational, rock-based instrumental “Angry Dance,” and the mercurial mood piece “Grandma’s Song” with equal grace and ease. Dialogue knits its way through the melodies. Elton John fans should be forewarned that this is John immersing himself in the conventions of musical theater — very successfully so — and not his usual singer-songwriter fare. Though, it should be noted, the special edition of the soundtrack includes a bonus of Elton John performing three tracks (the official “tearjerker” note from Elliot’s late mother, “The Letter,” the festive, celebratory and class-warring “Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher” and the reasons-for-living piano anthem “Electricity”) with John’s trademark piano and vocals leading the charge.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
109 Ratings
109 Ratings
romanticxact ,

FAVORITE SHOW. NO COMPETITION.

I laughed. I cried... five times. It was just indescribable. I was lucky enough to see it with Tommy Batchelor, who was so adorable. My favorite numbers were Angry Dance (which blew me away. i was speechless) and Expessing Yourself (hysterical. Frank Dolce's comedic timing is genius). The Letter and The Letter Reprise had me sobbing within the first few notes. It was just a beautiful, beautiful show and I can't wait to see it again.

BillyElliotonbroadwayfan1 ,

BROADWAY

wish it was the broadway cast!!! they were sooo much better!!

Coolbeans96 ,

WOW!!!!!

this play was absolutely positively SPECTACULAR!! i saw it 4 days ago with Trent Kowalik as Billy and he was stunning! this was the first broadway show i've seen and it will stay in my heart til the day i die. the amount of talent in this cast is just breathtaking. i was crying at the end, not because it was sad, but because i was so... so.... amazed? i can't even find a word to describe how awed i was. Billy Elliot has given me the inspiration to take dance (no joke) and people of all ages will find the production awesome!!

one question however: WHO SINGS THE PART OF BILLY IN THE ALBUM???

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