Elton John Dances With ‘Billy Elliot’

November 14th, 2008 // Leave a Comment

Diva extraordinaire Elton John and his partner David Furnish were on hand for the opening night of the Broadway musical version of Billy Elliot. Elton wrote the score for the show, based on the 2000 movie about a young boy in a rough British mining town who want to be a dancer. Elton would be the larger man in the tutu in the picture above. Elliot is the third successful musical John has written, after Aida and The Lion King.

“I’m looking up at the street and I’m seeing the sign for The Lion
King
, and I’m standing here and I’m thinking, `I had never thought in
a million years I’d ever be standing in Broadway and talking about
something I’d written for the stage,” the normally grumpy John said.

“It’s a triumph over adversity. It’s something beautiful coming out of
something tragic,” John says about the show, which has had already had successful
runs in London and Sydney, Australia.

It’s also about the triumph of a 61-year-old man being able to appear in public in front of hundreds of people in a tutu and still get out of bed in the morning.

Click on any image in the gallery for 26 more photos from the opening night of Billy Elliot.
Diva extraordinaire Elton John and his partner David Furnish were on hand for the opening night of the Broadway musical version of Billy Elliot.
Elton wrote the score for the show, based on the 2000 movie about a
young boy in a rough British mining town who want to be a dancer. Elton
would be the larger man in the tutu in the picture above. Elliot is the
third successful musical John has written, after Aida and The Lion King. “I’m looking up at the street and I’m seeing the sign for The Lion
King
, and I’m standing here and I’m thinking, `I had never thought in
a million years I’d ever be standing in Broadway and talking about
something I’d written for the stage,” the normally grumpy John said.”It’s a triumph over adversity. It’s something beautiful coming out of
something tragic,” John says about the show, which has had already had successful
runs in London and Sydney, Australia.It’s
also about the triumph of a 61-year-old man being able to appear in
public in front of hundreds of people in a tutu and still get out of
bed in the morning.

Click on any image in the gallery for 26 more photos from the opening night of Billy Elliot.

By J. Harvey

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