My 12 yr old son and I went to see Billy Elliot at the Kennedy Center. The Kennedy Center is a great facility and worth a visit if you are in the DC area. In 1986, I was on a high school trip and a friend and I got tickets to see Carousel with Tom Wopat. I was hooked.
Since my kids were 5, we have taken them to the family shows that are only an hour and based on kid's books. We also took them to see the Lion King. My husband and I saw the Producers. The theater is magnificent. They offer free shows on weekends with various performance artists.
I did like Billy Ellliot enough. On the Kennedy center website, they offer what shows are appropriate for what ages. BE was recommended for 11 and up. My son had a challenging time understanding the Northern England accent. Also I found it peculiar that our Billy Elliot was of Japanese heritage. It was unexpected because this is the Broadway version tour ( as opposed to a community playhousee) and tickets were $100 a piece. I thought I could look past it and would not notice after a while, but when he kept calling his parents "dad" and "mum" it was hard for to look past it because they in no way look related. I wonder if an Asian person would feel the same way if Miss Saigon was Caucasian or Latino? The boy who played BE was unbelievably talented and very good at his craft. I see why they chose him to play the part. As I said, it was a bit unexpected. The next day my son saw the TV commercial for BE and said, " he doesn't look like the kid we saw." I read the NY reviews and no one else comments on this. That leads me to believe that BE resembles his parents in the NY version. It didn't really determine how I felt about the musical just found it peculiar.
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