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The Maltz Jupiter Theatre has successfully re-imagined Billy Eliot the Musical into winning edition that is more effective than the national company that toured South Florida a few seasons back.
Kravis on Bway: Catch Me If You Can, Maroulis in Jekyll & Hyde, Priscilla, Poppins, Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys
By choosing its own schedule, the Kravis Center has several titles in its 2012-2013 slate of musicals on national tours that you won’t see at the Broward Center or the Arsht Center as the sole regional venue offering the musicals Catch Me If You Can,and a revival of Frank Wildhorn’s Jekyll & Hyde starring Constantine Maroulis. In addition to the new Priscilla Queen of the Desert, more familiar offerings are returns to South Florida of Mary Poppins, Jersey Boys and Billy Elliot
With its flights of imagination – literally, since the hero imagines himself soaring — Billy Elliot, The Musical is a triumph of theatrical staging. If this road tour at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts is not overwhelmingly moving, it remains one of the most thoroughly entertaining musicals to pass through here in some time.
Initially, it’s impossible to ignore that 15-year-old actor J.P. Viernes leaping and soaring through the musical Billy Elliot is not a typical youngster in a downtrodden unsophisticated mining village in northeast England in the 1980s. John Peter Viernes, with a broad grin and flashing eyes, is inescapably a Filipino-American with caramel-colored skin and half-moon eyes. But by all accounts, his infectious charisma, joyous dancing and sheer acting skills successfully banish most audience members’ resistance to the color-blind casting within a few minutes.