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'Billy Elliot' resonates with boys in Peabody's dance program
'Billy Elliot' resonates with boys in Peabody's dance program

In 2000, the British film "Billy Elliot" generated a flurry of admiration on both sides of the Atlantic. Something about this story of an 11-year-old boy, who decides to study ballet even as it makes him a major oddity in his northern England mining town, touched a nerve. Five years later, transformed into a musical with a score by Elton John, "Billy Elliot" became a runaway hit in London's West End. It went on to win a slew of Tony Awards, including Best Musical, after its 2008 Broadway premiere. When the touring production of the show arrives Tuesday in Baltimore, the audience will include boys around Billy's age and just as enthusiastic about dancing....

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