The Weekend Australian - Review - - Arts -

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

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