Remember theater in Chicago before kids? You know, when you went
to shows and didn't cringe at swear words and sexual innuendos?
This summer my kids and I will make it to "Shrek," and I'm sure
we'll love every minute of the green ogre's story. But I also found
time to do something just for me as an adult: I headed downtown to
see "Billy Elliot, the Musical" at the Ford
Center for the Performing Arts.
Let me be clear right here: This is a show for adults. There's
an entire song with the f-bomb in every other line, but boy did I
need a night of something besides Disney. Four boys play the part
of Billy, who longs to be a ballet dancer, not a boxer like his dad
wants, along with a slew of other talented kids in the production.
Made me wish I'd forced my daughter to continue ballet and voice
The musical lasted three hours, but the production moved quickly
from heart-stopping clashes between striking miners and police to
heart-wrenching conversations between Billy and his dead mother. I
found myself humming the tunes as I walked to my car after the
"Billy Elliot" will be closing this winter, so plan your girls'
night or date night before the show moves on. Then go ahead and get
tickets to make the kids happy.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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