This engaging 'Billy' takes gorgeous flight

  • Article by: ROHAN PRESTON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 10, 2012 - 7:23 PM

A sterling cast is fully committed to the Elton John musical about a provincial boy who wants to become a famous dancer.

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saxlawOct. 11, 12 1:23 PM

Wow, Rohan, we saw this on Wednesday night and couldn't disagree with your review more. Every role is overacted, the jokes are tired and seem to invariably involve a child swearing or someone flipping the bird, and the pacing is numbingly slow - even the few entertaining lines were stretched out to the point that everyone in the audience could see what was coming. Just the sheer length of the show (1-1/2 hours for the first act!) is like slow torture. The music is very forgettable, and the superb wind section of the orchestra is regrettably under-utilized. The dancing - when they did get around to it - is OK, but for a show that is about dance, there is way too little of it. The bulk of the show is the very heavy story told by static figures on a too dark stage. We were tempted to leave at intermission, but heard such great things about the show, we thought the second act would redeem the evening. It did not. For my $100 ticket, I really expect more.

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