A few months ago I went to New York City and saw my very first show on Broadway, Billy Elliot, the Musical at the Imperial Theater and I know it won't be my last. I loved it! And in case you haven't heard, the show won TEN Tony Awards last evening including Best Musical. I sat through the 3-hour awards show and really enjoyed it. In addition to seeing all the awards that Billy Elliot won, it gave me some ideas of a couple other shows I'd like to see. If you want to read a terrific review of Billy Elliot, The Musical, take a look at Pam's review in her blog, Pam's Perspectives. We went to NYC and saw the show together in February.
The title role of Billy Elliot is danced by three different boys. That teenage trio - David Alvarez, Kiril Kulish and Trent Kowalik -won Best Actor in a Musical last night, the first time three actors were nominated for one musical role.They are also the youngest winners ever of a lead acting prize at the Tony Awards. Kiril Kulish was on the day I saw the show so I have to say I'm somewhat partial to him but I have seen pieces of the show several times where they have all performed and all are fantastic. My favorite moment in the show last evening was when they all came up to accept their Best Actor awards. Despite being the odds-on favorites for the award, they all seemed so sweet and generally surprised by the attention and truly a little speechless.
It was wonderful to see the musical on Broadway and it was great to see them all on the Tony Awards last night. If you have a chance to see the show, I highly recommend it.