Lee Hall describes the relentless hard work of production and the opening nights of Billy Elliot in New York.
As the economy everywhere worsens, a play about a boy who escapes an economic meltdown may appeal. (The show's suggestion that mining's decline was entirely caused by Margaret Thatcher reminds me that musicals are fantasies. Maggie seems to have been cast as Scrooge.) Judging by the reviews, Billy Elliot is a joyous experience.