Flaherty and company elevate ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ at Theatre Cedar Rapids

For a story set in Thatcher-era England, ‘Billy Elliot The Musical’ has surprisingly strong connections to Eastern Iowa. There’s Alex Ko, an Iowa City native who played the title character on Broadway. And there’s the late Basil Thompson, a renowned dancer, ballet master and instructor who taught in the University of Iowa Department of Dance, whose life story mirrors that of Billy Elliot (though the creators deny any connection). […]

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Theatre Cedar Rapids tells a familiar ‘tale as old as time’

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Theatre Cedar Rapids — through Sunday, Dec. 18 On opening night of Theatre Cedar Rapids’ production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, I saw children of all ages scattered among parents and die hard Belle fans (she is the best princess, you know). Glow roses lit up illegally during the […]

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