Audiences of the new musical version of the 2000 movie Billy Elliot are taken back to a time in northern England in the mid-1980s when the country's coal miners were on a tumultuous strike. “It was the closest England has come to a civil war in modern times,” says the show's LD Rick Fisher. Kind of a dark subject for a musical; luckily, the show focuses on the plucky protagonist who, against his father's wishes, ditches boxing gloves for toe shoes. Having a show centered on a kid who's ...

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