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Preview is Online, While CD is Now in Stores

Thursday 9 February 2006 @ 16:36 - GMT



Based on the beloved film, the new musical Billy Elliot is Londons hottest sold-out ticket, playing to sold out houses and reaching wide acclaim from critics and theatre-goers alike.  The production will move to Broadway in 2007, but Americans have the treat of experiencing the production before it even crosses the pond with Decca Broadways new release of the Original Cast Recording featuring a score and performances by Elton.  Included in the 2-CD box set are complete lyrics and exclusive photo postcards.


Hailed as "the greatest British musical" by London's Telegraph, Billy Elliot has won universal praise for its powerful and theatrical score, unlike any Elton has ever written.  The songwriter has himself expressed having an emotional attachment to the story since seeing the movie, and has called this work one of his most heartfelt.  His uplifting orchestrations run a wide gamut of genres including influences of rock, show music and pop ballads.  From the jazzy hooks of  Solidarity to the enchanting theatrics of the cast of children singing and tap dancing in Expressing Yourself, the music reaches beyond the standard Broadway fare. Elton's solo renditions of three key tracks are the icing on the cake, further proving the super-stars status as one of the foremost singer-songwriters of our time.  Billy Elliot was produced by the Grammy-winning Phil Ramone and has a book and lyrics by Lee Hall, who wrote the original screenplay for the film. 

 

Set in the mid 1980s in northeastern England, Billy Elliot tells the story of an 11-year- old miner's son and his quest to win a spot at the Royal Ballet School.  The lad dreams of a life of dancing amidst the challenge of breaking away from his small towns conformity and traditions.  It is an inspirational tale of perseverance with a universal message of triumph over strife.

 

Learn more and listen to a few of the songs at