Thursday, September 4, 2008

'Billy Elliot,' 'Shrek' head list of fall musicals on Broadway

NEW YORK — Not since the heyday of the '80s British musical invasion - which brought "Cats," "The Phantom of Opera" and "Les Miserables" - has Broadway anticipated such a big, critically lauded musical from across the Atlantic as "Billy Elliot."

It's the show generating the most buzz, particularly at the box office, and that's saying a lot, as New York braces for a fall of six Broadway musicals - five new shows and one revival - plus several off-Broadway offerings, including one with a score by Stephen Sondheim.

Among the other names contributing to the first half of the season are novelist Charles Dickens, composer Irving Berlin, that conniving cad known as "Pal Joey" and an ornery green ogre called Shrek.

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