The musical is based on the 2000 film Billy Elliot and is one of the most celebrated, award-winning musicals on stage today. The music is by Elton John, and book and lyrics are by Lee Hall, who wrote the film’s screenplay. Hall’s screenplay was inspired in part by A. J. Cronin’s 1935 novel about a miners’ strike, The Stars Look Down, to which the musical’s opening song pays homage.The musical premiered in London’s West End in 2005 and was nominated for nine Laurence Oliver Awards, winning four including Best New Musical. In New York, it won ten Tony Awards and ten Drama Desk Awards, including, in each case, best musical. It has also won numerous awards in Australia including a record-tying seven Helpmann Awards.
Set in a northern England mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle to make his dream come true as he deals with the negative stereotype of the male ballet dancer. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance.