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Billy Elliot - The Musical opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London's West End in May 2005. With music by Elton John and Lee Hall, (the writer of the original Billy Elliot film) the musical launched to huge acclaim from the media and from audiences. 2 CD set.
Elton JohnElton John's life is one of the most chronicled on the planet. Everything he does is newsworthy; everywhere he goes people seek him out. Here in the Life section we have built up a library of features about many aspects of Elton's life, and in these features we try to give you information and pictures that you will not find elsewhere. Among these features for example there's an eyewitness account of life in Elton's Rocket Record Company in the 1970's, an interview with Songs From The West Coast photographer Sam Taylor-Wood, two incredible accounts of Elton's 1975 Dodger Stadium concerts, a tribute to the friendship and collaboration between Elton and John Lennon and most recently, an interview with Sir Tim Rice.
The New York Times
Even theatergoers who are not fans of Sir Elton's treacly pop scores for "The Lion King" and "Aida" should be delighted by his work here, which is as notable for its modesty as for its potency. Sir Elton works deftly in several vernaculars, from the stirring solemnity of protest ballads to the flighty cadences of the music hall. He blasts through with electric rock only and exactly when he should, for a stunning first-act finale in which Billy gives anger full rein.
Universal Music Group
...proof that John has got his groove back and even learned a few new theatrical tricks.
The Daily Telegraph
...the greatest British musical I have ever seen...