January 3, 2013

'Billy Elliot the Musical' starting Montreal run


Gatta said Billy is one brave soul for staying with what he believes.

“It’s a battle between what his dad wants him to do and what Billy wants to do,” he added. “It’s quite a struggle for Billy.”

Gatta sees a lot of himself in Billy.

“What I like about the show is that it really parallels my life as a dancer and what I went through as a kid,” Gatta said. “I see a lot of my former life in Billy and how he moved on through rough patches and a community who didn’t accept him for what he was doing.”

Gatta is in charge of keeping the entire cast on their toes, so to speak. There are four young actors who rotate the role of Billy. Each Billy travels with his parents as well as tutors. The whole company combined tallies in at about 100 members. Gatta said each Billy has his own strength.

“Some of them are tappers, some are more fluid in ballet, some are more trained in acting,” Gatta said. “But they’re all there to put on a good show.”

Gatta said the story is relevant to any family.

“If you have a dream and want to pursue something, overcome your obstacles and do what you really love.”

Steven Howell is the author of Montreal Essential Guide, a Sutro Media iPhone travel app available at

IF YOU GO WHAT: "Billy Elliot." WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 8, through Sunday, Jan. 13. WHERE: Place des Arts, 175 St. Catherine St. W., Montreal. ADMISSION: Tickets cost $39, $69, $79 and $89. Tickets are available through Evenko at CONTACT: For more information, call Place des Arts at (514) 842-2112 or visit

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