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'Billy Elliott, the Musical' proves to be a first-class experience


Last updated 10/5/2017 at Noon

Billy (Charlie Garton) impresses Mrs. Wilkenson (Joy Yandell) with his jumping skill. Ken Jacques photo

Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal

Special to the Village News

"Billy Elliott, the Musical" chronicles the British National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) strike in Northern England in 1984. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher set out to dismantle the National Coal Board, which monitored the state-owned coal industry, with the intent of crushing the miner’s union. The NUM retaliated and called a strike putting over 300,000 laborers out of work. While hardly the stuff of electrifying musicals, this unexceptionally ordinary tale develops into a runaway success.

Based on the Universal Pictures...

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