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Stephen Daldry

'Billy Elliott the Musical' warms hearts at Hippodrome

'Billy Elliott the Musical' warms hearts at Hippodrome

A British coal mining strike in 1984 seems like a rather sooty setting for an inspirational story, but that gave audiences all the more reason to root for a miner's son who aspires to be a ballet dancer in the 2000 movie "Billy Elliot." Its theatrical adaptation won 10 Tony Awards in 2009, including best musical, and now that touring Broadway show has come to the Hippodome Theatre.

Its literally uplifting story amounts to a Christmas gift for theatergoers that's much nicer than a lump of coal in the stocking. As if it weren't heartwarming enough that "Billy Elliot the Musical" tracks a young lad's determination to overcome his depressed surroundings and soar in...