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listen  1. The Stars Look DownOriginal Cast Of Billy Elliot 7:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (April 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • ASIN: B000CS45RE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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The original cast recording features the acclaimed new score by Elton John and is produced by recording legend Phil Ramone. Hailed as 'The Greatest British Musical' by The London Telegraph, Billy Elliothas won universal acclaim for a powerful and theatrical score, unlike any Elton John has ever written. The songwriter has spoken about his strong emotional attachment to the story. This release will be issued as 2-CD box set: First CD with the original cast recording and the second bonus CD featuring three songs from the show performed by Elton John. Decca. 2006. NOTE: This product is delivered by the manufacturer in the form of a random assortment of two covers. It is therefore impossible for us to provide you with one cover in particular. By confirming your order, you will receive any of the cover image based on available stock. Thank you for your understanding.


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Based on the 2000 film about a young British boy who tries to escape a future as coalminer by training in ballet, Billy Elliot--The Musical feels like an exemplary screen-to-stage adaptation, making the best use of composer Elton John's melodic resourcefulness. Fans of John's regular output need to be warned that this album is show tunes all the way and that they'd be hard-pressed to recognize the songs as usual fare by the author of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Your Song." Still, they really should give the CD a chance. Fans of musical theater, on the other hand, will need no prodding. They are likely to be enchanted by this recording, which shows that John has thoroughly absorbed the genre's classic strain. The show is very catchy, with well-structured, dramatic songs and some genuine tearjerkers ("The Letter"). Sir Elton even proves he's listened to great "jazz hands" classics (some by Kander and Ebb, perhaps) on "Shine," which even requests some "ol' razzle dazzle." Teaming up not with usual lyricist Bernie Taupin but with the film's screenwriter, Lee Hall (and its director, Stephen Daldry), John has written a lovely stage score, as evidenced on this recording of the London cast. Note that John himself performs three songs from the show on a bonus CD. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Customer Reviews

It will run forever.
Michael
Don't buy the cd until you've seen the show - you will enjoy it much more that way!
D. Goldsmith
It is a comedy, dance, love story and all round great broadway show.
Peter Vanstrum

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Powers on February 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Could they make a musical of 'Billy Elliot' set in the midlands of England against the back-drop of an increasingly violent coal miners strike? Well they could and they did and it's an absolute triumph. Bold and brilliant character driven songs by Elton John and Lee Hall propel the story of 'Billy Elliot' the young lad who trades his boxing gloves for ballet slippers.
Sung and acted by a terrific ensemble but special notice must be paid to Haydn Gwynne as Mrs Wilkinson, Billys tart-tongued, chain-smoking dance teacher and Liam Mower as Billy Elliot.

From the rousing opening 'THE STARS LOOK DOWN' to the conclusion, the reprise of 'THE LETTER' through snippets of dialogue, music,lyrics and even dance provide a concise narrative of the story as it unfolds.

Mrs Wilkinson has a couple of strong numbers 'SHINE' and 'BORN TO BOOGIE' and she and the ballet class share a 9-minute stunner 'SOLIDARITY' with the picketing miners. Amazingly the two disparate plot themes play off each other beautifully. 'SOLIDARITY' is perhaps the most controversial moment in the show as it is here the miners detonate the F-bomb. The explosion occurs at a well-timed and unexpected moment and jolts just by its sheer audaciousness and ferocity.

Billy shares a bright and breezy number with his cross-dressing friend Michael 'EXPRESSING YOURSELF' which features an exhausting 'chase' dance break. Billy also sings the contents of 'THE LETTER' written to him by his dying mother and he imagines her singing it with him in a lovely and poignant duet.

Then there's the thunderbolt 'ANGRY DANCE' which is a confrontation between Billy and his father and a confrontation between the miners and the police.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Marijan Bosnar on August 14, 2006
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When the movie `Billy Elliot', written by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry, hit the cinemas in the year 2000, both the critics and the audiences where somewhat taken aback. It became an instant success, defying the customs of the day by not having star names or a big Hollywood blockbuster director in its credit lines. A simple story, about a young talented boy growing up in the English north, during the 1984 miners strike against Margaret Thatcher's conservative government, wanting to pursue his dream of becoming a ballet dancer and thusly going against everything his own establishment and surroundings stood for (beautifully summarised in a phrase used in both the movie and the musical: `ballet is for poofs'), seemed to deliver the message and hit the critics and the cinemagoers alike. Apart from these accolades the movie got several BEFTA and Academy Award nominations.

After seeing the Cannes screening of the movie that literally sent him home in tears, Elton John, who at the time already had a name in the world of musical theatre as the composer of `The Lion King' and `Aida' in his collaboration with Tim Rice, was certain that the movie has all the potential for a musical adaptation. It is quite a good thing that he stuck to the idea and even more, he decided to use the original creative team that was involved with the movie and had both the knowledge of and love for the material. Thusly the director Stephen Daldry directed and Lee Hall the screenwriter wrote the lyrics for the musical version. After the musical started its previews in March 2005 it was praised by the critics as the best thing that happened to the British musical theatre in years and has been playing to the full house in London's Victoria Palace Theatre night after night.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By I. Sondel VINE VOICE on May 7, 2006
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My "dear friend" Vene e-mailed frantically - "have you heard the CD of 'Billy Eliott'? it's incredible, you've got to get it." I didn't rush right out, but eventually I got around to buying it. After thirty years I should know to trust whatever Vene says to be gospel, and "Billy Elliott: The Musical" perfectly illustrates this fact once again - it's brilliant.

It's been at least since "A Man of No Importance" (maybe "Ragtime" - both by Flaherty and Ahrens - hmmm) that I've been so moved by a musical theatre piece. Perhaps it's because I adored the film, or because I've always been a huge fan of Elton John and his theatrical pop-rock tunes, or because I'm a just your garden variety musical theatre queen [and proud of it!], but "Billy Elliott: The Musical" has delivered a giant jolt of electricity to my system - leaving me shaken and exhilarated and stirred all at once.

The score by Sir Elton and Lee Hall is nearly flawless, with one great character driven number after another. "The Stars Look Down" is a powerful opening, "Grandma's Song" and "He Could Be a Star" are heart felt, "Solidarity" features a tune that will repeat in your head for days and days. However, the four numbers I found unforgettable were: "Electricty" - which finds Billy trying to explain what he feels when he dances; "The Letter" - an emotionally devastating ballad sung by Billy's dead mother; the absolutely joyous "Expressing Yourself" which partners Billy with his flamboyantly gay friend in a rant and rave against conformity; "Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher" is a rambunctious, infectious music hall number sung by the ensemble. All of the performances, without exception, are top drawer.

It's no wonder that "Billy Elliott: The Musical" is the biggest smash hit playing in London and has won all of the season's top awards. Please, please, please hurry up and bring it across the pond - I will gladly trek from Tallahassee to Broadway to see the musical of the decade!
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