Forget those worries that the musical version of “Billy Elliot” — with its working-class accents and a storyline rooted in Blighty labor unrest — would prove too British for Broadway.
Legiters were declaring the strong-selling show a hit after its Thursday opening.
Elton John, who penned the music, said the story of a boy with a passion for dance seems to have universal appeal. But he wondered if tweaks will have to be made as the burgeoning global success (already playing in London and Sydney) opens outposts in non-Western countries.
“I don’t know what we’re going to do when we go to Korea in 2010,” he said.
At the tuner’s after-party, Stephen Daldry — who helmed the musical and the movie, both written by book writer-lyricist Lee Hall — beamed like a proud father as he watched the three boys who play Billy run the gauntlet of their first Broadway press line.
Daldry’s paternal toward all his child thesps. “I’m always dad,” he said.