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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Peter Pans of Broadway

New York Magazine just featured a really sweet story about the three boys who play Billy Elliot on Broadway. They are incredibly talented, but they're all terrified that their voices will drop or they'll have a growth spurt, since then they wouldn't be able to play the young character anymore. One boy said, "My mom used to measure me up against the wall and put the pencil at an angle to make me look taller. Now she squishes my head down to make me smaller." Aw, I just want to give them big hugs. The ballet world is so beautiful but can be so brutal. Read the story here.

(Photos by Rachel Papo, who also took these stunning ballet shots.)

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love this story. Look how gorgeous these little dancers are! Such a hard profession.

jmg said...

Genius title - peter pans!

jcald. said...

BILLY ELLIOT IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE MOVIE! my mom and i walk around the house saying lines from it ALL day. we've done this for like ten years now. or for however long the movie has been out lol. we would absolutely loooooove to see it on broadway. such a wonderful wonderful story!!!!!!!!!!!

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

Hope and longing for fame and success can be horrifying. They are so, so talented. New roles will come their way!

Franco said...

the entertaining world can be a bitch

Amarilulu said...

Hey! Congratulations on your engagement, I had to post it here- under "Billy Elliot" or I was afraid you wouldn't read this. Yay for cute soon-to-be-brides!

Dallas Shaw said...

oh those photos by rachel are stunning joanna! love!

Maki said...

Oh My, look how high the boy jumps!!! I used to do classic ballet when I was little, and it was very tough. Very demanding, but I learned how to be graceful:)

natalie blair said...

absolutely wonderful shots. the photo of the boy jumping is fantastic and utterly graceful.

Lauren said...

I read this last week actually! IT was an incredibly interesting story; very tender.

Soon, Then said...

Oh how sweet! I don't think I could ever encourage my son to participate seriously in this kind of industry, but I will admit that I dream of watching him dance on stage in little leggings with all the girls in tutus! Thanks for reminding me of my plans to torture my son! :)

Anonymous said...

oh so sweet!

Anonymous said...

My heart breaks at the beauty...

Anonymous said...

My favorite post ever.

Nicole Marie said...

wow thats intense.

Megan said...

Graceful and awe inspiring!

Prêt à Voyager said...

My coworker's cousin's son played Billy Elliot in London for a year. Absolutely amazing! (I was able to see a couple numbers at a local fundraiser) And yes, he outgrew the part...

Anne

P.S. This youtube is him :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S3rlvt5yCw

abby said...

oh my. thanks for sharing this. i just love the interview/dialogue parts.

they're the coolest boys in the world.

Saphron said...

I love that we still live in a world where boys take ballet.

Sarah's Fab Day said...

I adore Billy Elliot, thanks for the link I can't wait to read the story.

meg said...

I saw Billy Elliot last night! It was the best show I've ever seen...I laughed, cried and really wanted to take up balet afterwards! The 2 boys that played Billy were incredible, it made me wish I had a son even though I'm only 19 :)

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katy said...

the boy on the bottom right, jumping... we danced at the same school for a short time. he was the youngest in our class and no one wanted to dance after him because he made us all look bad. we all loved him though.

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You are absolutely right about the ballet world: beautiful, but can be super brutal.

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