“Billy Elliot Live” was filmed on September 28, 2014 and screened in several European countries and North America. It stars Broadway and West End star, Ruthie Henshall as Mrs. Wilkinson, Elliot Hanna as Billy Elliot, David Muscat as Mr. Braithwaithe and one of the three original West End Billy Elliots, Liam Mower as older Billy. The DVD was released on November 24, 2014 in the United Kingdom.
The storyline of “Billy Elliot” was amazing, along with the music and the actors were phenomenal. Hanna is an amazing dancer and singer. One of his best performances was “Angry Dance,” in which Billy lets out all of his anger in a powerful dance number, which is nothing short of amazing. One of the most beautiful numbers in the musical is “Swan Lake,” a moving and beautifully choreographed number that Billy dances to with older Billy.
Henshall as Mrs. Wilkinson was absolutely amazing. She did a fantastic job delivering the humor and tenderness to the character. One of her best numbers was “Born to Boogie,” a trio along with Hanna and Muscat. Henshall did a great job acting in the musical and her voice is nothing short of amazing.
Deka Walmsley did a great job as Billy’s dad, Jackie Elliot, a drunken man still grieving over the loss of his wife and only wants what is best for his two sons. Walmsley and Chris Grahamson (Tony Elliot) did a great job in “He Could Be a Star,” a very moving song between father and son. Ann Embry, who just retired, did a great job ad the Grandma, very humorous and a lovely voice.
I have never seen this musical before and watching it for the first time, I fell in love with it. There were two songs in the musical that made me cry they were so sad and beautiful, “The Letter (Mum’s Letter)” and “The Letter (Billy’s Reply).” “Billy Elliot” is a powerful story about community, family, finding yourself and standing up for what you believe in, in a time when a boy doing ballet was scoffed upon.