They say that all good things must come to an end. And so it is with the current Broadway production of “Billy Elliot.” It has recently been announced that “Elliot” will performance its final shows in January, 2012. This, however, in no way implies that the show has been a failure. The truth is quite to the contrary. In April, 2011, “Billy Elliot” celebrated its 1000th show, a feat which very few musicals can replicate. Following its Broadway debut in November, 2008, “Billy Elliot” has consistently played to packed halls and enthusiastic fans. By the time it closes, it is predicted that Billy Elliot will have run for over 1,300 performances.
Out of the ashes, however, rises the national tour. Following the final performances of “Elliot” on Broadway, the producers will begin planning the national showings of the production. Depending on the success of the production, the tour could last for a number of years. Judging by the popularity of the Broadway performances, it’s a good bet that “Billy Elliot” will be around for a while. The uplifting, inspirational story of a boy who finds his inspiration through dance has already touched the lives of millions. Let’s hope it gets the chance to continue on. In these tough times, everyone could use a little bit of hope.