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Curtain Call: 'Billy Elliot' coming to Houston's Hobby Center

By Victoria Advocate
Nov. 24, 2010 at 5:24 a.m.

"Billy Elliot the Musical" is coming to Houston in February.

SAN ANTONIO

"Fame the Musical"

Dec. 4-19 at Woodlawn Theatre

HOUSTON

"Billy Elliot"

Feb. 23-March 13 at Hobby Center

CORPUS CHRISTI

"A Christmas Carol"

Friday-Dec. 19 at Harbor Playhouse

BY APRILL BRANDON

It's been hailed as the best musical of the decade. And it's coming to Houston in February.

Tickets are on sale for the smash hit "Billy Elliot," which will be at Hobby Center Feb. 23-March 13. The show swept the 2009 Tony Awards, including snagging Best Musical, according to the official tour website, www.billyelliottour.com.

The musical is based on the 2000 film of the same name. Set during the 1984 English Miner's Strike, the movie centers around 11-year-old Billy Elliot who finds that he enjoys the girls' ballet class at school much better than the brutal boxing lessons he's taking, according to the Internet Movie Database. With the situation at home being tense, with both his father and older brother involved in the strike, Billy manages to secretly keep training under his ballet teacher, who manages to get him an audition for the Royal Ballet School. The only problem is, it means he'll have to tell his family what he's been doing.

Featuring music by Elton John, the stage adaptation has been called "The best show you will ever see" by the New York Post and "The most inspiring show I've seen in years" by Ben Brantley of The New York Times.

Tickets range in price from $33.75-$97.50 and are available at www.TicketMaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

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