Musical: Open your heart, get out the tissues and surrender to Billy Elliot the Musical, writes Deborah Jones. The stage show unashamedly amplifies the hit film about the working- class boy who wants to be a ballet dancer, with music by Elton John. Genevieve Lemon is splendid as the ballet teacher, Mrs Wilkinson. Capitol Theatre. Bookings: 1300 552 290. Theatre: Cate Blanchett, directing her first full- length play for Sydney Theatre Company, tackles one of the most provocative works of recent years, David Harrower’s Blackbird. The play confronts sexual taboos and unpacks the baggage of obsessive love. With Paula Arundell and Peter Kowitz. Wharf 1 Theatre, until February 16. Bookings: ( 02) 9270 1777.
Energising: Billy Elliot the Musical