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Real and Persistent Struggles of Billy Elliot

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 06.21.2013 | Arts
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Billy Elliot is more than a remarkable musical. It is a window on recurrent struggles that many face; and more should be done to empower and enable them to succeed.

Boys to Men

George Heymont | Posted 03.15.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Children are full of surprises and, these days, there's no guarantee that a young boy will idolize a football star. Three short films focus on adolescent boys whose development has taken an unexpected turn.

Billy Elliot Has Stars Dancing the Red Carpet at Pantages (SLIDESHOW)

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 06.19.2012 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

It's not easy being a Billy. Although one would never know it to meet one. And yes, there's more than one; there are four to be precise, each able to carry the load of the entire multi-million-dollar tour of Billy Elliot.

Elton John Biopic

Posted 11.22.2011 | Arts

There have been scores of movies made about musicians over the years, but Elton John has taken the extra step to produce his own. The film, titled "Ro...

New Stars Are Born

George Heymont | Posted 10.15.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

2011-08-15-Screenshot20110815at9.39.10AM.jpg Rather than being ostracized as losers, many of today's gifted children find a wealth of opportunities waiting to help them develop and polish their craft.

'Billy Elliot' Writer's New Show Back On After Homophobia Row

AP | Posted 09.06.2011 | Arts

LONDON -- The latest show from "Billy Elliot" playwright Lee Hall will go on after all. A dispute over words spoken by a gay character had threatened...

'Billy Elliot' Writer's Opera Canceled Over Gay Character

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 09.03.2011 | Entertainment

LONDON — A community opera involving hundreds of children and written by the author of "Billy Elliot" has been canceled after the writer refused...

Roald Dahl Musical On London's West End

Posted 07.25.2011 | Arts

London's West End will soon be home to Roald Dahl's Matilda, the beloved children's tale. The story has been adapted into a musical written by Dennis ...

Broadway Ticket Sales Booming

AP | Posted 06.26.2011 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Broadway box offices were busy places last week – 11 musicals made more than $1 million. The Broadway League said Monday that total...

Injured Theatergoers Sue 'Billy Elliot' For $4 Million

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Two theatergoers are suing a Broadway musical for millions after claiming they were injured during a performance of "Billy Elliot: The Mu...

Black Swan: A Must See Even if Ballet Ain't Your Thing

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

Black Swan is wrapped together in a wonderful package by director Darren Aronofsky to such an extent that you are gripped from almost the beginning right until the captivating end.

On the Culture Front: Belle and Sebastian, The Social Network, NY Craft Beer Week, Cocktails at Lani Kai, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

There's been a lot of boozing on the culture front with NY Craft Beer Week in full swing. On the theater front, the results have been less successful.

Oprah's Giveaway: 'You Get A Ticket!' (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Oprah mocked herself on Friday's show, giving away tickets to musical "Billy Elliot" in a way that was reminiscent of her famous "You get a car!" segm...

Steven Spielberg To Make A Movie Of "War Horse"

nytimes.com | PATRICK HEALY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Studios have bought the rights to the book "War Horse," about the long friendship between a British boy and his horse ...

Fela!: One Step Forward, a Few Missteps Back

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cara Joy David

It remains to be seen whether Fela! can survive its producers' blunders and triumph on Broadway. Hopefully it will--it's something different.

Jamie Bell's Abs: Billy Elliot Mans Up (PHOTO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Jamie Bell danced into audiences' hearts in 2000's "Billy Elliot" and judging by the photo below, he is set to earn a whole new set of fans when "The ...

Billy Elliot's Proud Papa: An Interview With Gregory Jbara

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

The boys may get all the press in the Tony Award-winning musical Billy Elliot, but anyone who has seen the show knows veteran character actor Gregory Jbara subtly steals the show.

Stage Door: Billy Elliot, The Footage

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Fern Siegel

The Footage, now playing at the Flea Theater, will leave you mad -- at how manipulative people can be with technology.

Drama Queens: Random Thoughts While Watching The Tony Awards Show

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

How nice to have the plot of Guys and Dolls explained to me. I don't think I've seen it more than a dozen times.

Tony's Ratings Up and Bret Michaels' Goes Boom

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Before the awards went on, I hit the red carpet and the pre-show Lipton Gift Lounge and got some insight.

2009 TONY AWARDS: "Billy Elliot", & "God Of Carnage" Steal The Show

News from America's hottest theater city | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

"Billy Elliot", the inspirational movie-turned-musical about a working-class Yorkshire kid who dances away from strife and poverty, dominated the 63rd...

Tony Nominations 2009: 'Billy Elliot' Leads, 'God Of Carnage' Does Well

AP | MICHAEL KUCHWARA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — "Billy Elliot," the tale of a British coal miner's son who dreams of becoming a dancer, has the potential of winning a record number ...

The Reader is a Surprising Film: Nazis Can Be Sympathetic, Though Not Forgiven

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

On the whole David Hare has written a fascinating and engrossing script, and Director Stephen Daldry has given us a taut and emotional filmmaking achievement.

Defiance is Not Just Another Holocaust Movie: Jews Can Be Tough Guys, Too

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

It is extraordinarily moving in ways that surprise us and reassure us even as some of our favorites are slain and we wonder whether everything they're doing is all for naught.

Elton John Celebrates His "Billy Elliot" Opening

AP | ERIN CARLSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Elton John still can't believe he's a Broadway hitmaker. The 61-year-old musician marveled at his success Thursday night at the open...